Bread….a favorite way to get our grains.

IMG_1585If you have been following my posts over the past 3 years or so you know that I have been following a pretty strict gluten free regime.  Gluten is inflammatory and I’m trying to keep inflammation in my body low to help me deal with my MS.  I’ve been starting to reintroduce high quality WHOLE GRAINS in my diet which contain gluten and it seems to be working out okay.

Not all gluten free products are good for us.  The ingredients used to produce some gluten free breads and crackers etc. can be inferior, possible genetically modified, fiberless, and just plain worse than the gluten containing competitors.  It has now been proven that gluten free diets affect gut flora in your digestive system causing a myriad of issues, one being constipation.

During my reading of the book “How Not To Die” by Dr. Michael Geiger, I learned how to select whole grain breads to get the most bang for my buck.  I learned the formula for figuring out whether breads are truly whole grains or made to look like healthy breads through trickery on the labels.  For example many breads include “raisin juice concentrate” which makes the dough a browny color making us think that it is the whole grains causing the flour to look so brown and healthy.

When buying packaged grain products avoid the label words “multigrain, stone ground, 100% wheat, cracked wheat, seven grain or bran”.  Well what’s left?  That’s what I thought when I read this.  Those label words are all that’s out there in the grain and bread department right?  It turns out these are all refined grains and the nice words are used to distract you.

When buying whole grains check the nutrition label and see if the ratio between the carbohydrates and the fiber is 5 grams or less.  For example:  If a slice of bread is 15 grams of carbohydrates and it contains 3 grams of fiber then it passes the test.  The 15 grams of carbs divided by the 3 grams of fiber equals 5 grams.

Where on earth can we find such breads?  EZEKIAL BREADS are the ticket!!!

Ezekial breads are sprouted grain breads made with organic and non-GMO whole grains.   You can find them in the freezer section of your health food store or whole food section of your favorite grocery store.  Check them out.  Look on the labels and do that little math quiz.  You will find your new, healthy bread!  This is the bread I have added back into my diet.  It contains gluten but is quality sprouted whole grain.

The benefits of eating Ezekial bread are:

  • it’s made with 4 types of cereal grains….wheat, millet, barley and spelt
  • it contains 2 legumes…soybeans and lentils
  • it’s made of sprouted whole grains.  Sprouted grains are way more nutritional and are much lower in gluten.
  • there are no added sugars AT ALL
  • high fiber helping us meet our recommended 25 grams of fiber a day. One slice has four grams so a sandwich made with Ezekial bread takes you to 8 grams….only 17 left to go throughout your day.
  • helps lower cholesterol due to soluable barley fiber and lentils and soybeans…lowering LDL cholesterol
  • full of protein due to sprouting of the legumes…5 grams of protein per slice, 18 amino acids…a complete protein.
  • it’s organic…very important to me.  Especially when there is soy involved as most of the conventional soy crop out there today is GMO.  Organic soy is non-GMO.
  • zero added additives.  Nothing artificial!!!!
  • dense nutrients and a lot of them….zinc, B6, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron etc.
  • it’s vegan….that’s important to me.  No eggs, milk or butter.
  • low glycemic so very good for diabetics
  • variety of products from bread, pitas, tortillas, English muffins, pastas, dinner rolls and even cinnamon raisin bread to make yummy breakfast toast.

Next time you are passing through the freezer section of your grocery store reach in for a loaf of Ezekial bread.  You will be surprised at how tasty and satisfying this bread is.  The gluten does not cause any negative digestion issues….all positive.

I keep mine in the freezer as I don’t eat a loaf in 5 days.  I just take the slices out as I need them.  I’m so happy to have added this high quality, whole sprouted grain, high fiber, high protein bread to my nutritional aresenal.

I’m confident you will love it too.

 

 

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