Sprouted Grain Bread

by Pam H.
(Houston, TX)

Visitor Question:

What is the glycemic index of one slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread and how does that compare to one slice of regular whole wheat bread?

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

If it's 100% whole grain whole wheat bread then it will have a low glycemic index which is below 55. One slice of the Food For Life sprouted grain bread has a glycemic index of 36. A more important question when comparing the two is the glycemic load. This is the measure of the carbohydrate density of each bread. You can read about the glycemic load here. The glycemic load of the sprouted grain slice is lower than the whole wheat because they do not even grind the grains for flour! It's the flour that makes bread carbohydrate dense.

Using the sprouted grains retains the germ and the bran and therefore the most fiber which slows the process of converting the glucose to energy. Food for Life uses no sugar and a slow bake process to further the natural fiber and bran benefits. It's the sprouting that breaks down the grain which means there is greater absorption of minerals and more B and C vitamins available.

For all these reasons Food for Life, the company that makes Ezekiel breads, has the Diabetic Friendly Seal of the Glycemic Research Institute. It helps to lower cholesterol, aids in weight loss and helps to control blood sugar levels.

Basically, sprouted grain breads are the least refined and processed of all the whole grain breads. However, there are lots of other whole grain breads that have a low glycemic index that are perfectly fine to eat. In fact, you don't want to get bored with how you're eating so I think it's important to eat them just for the variety! It's just that the sprouted grain breads will be the best choice especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

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