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Sprouted Whole Grain Bread: A Diet's Best Friend
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Sprouted Whole Grain Bread: A Diet's Best Friend

My mother always said that our meals were rice-heavy because of our Peruvian culture, and for a while, it made sense to me.

But then, after talking to friends who were Italian, Spanish, Irish, and Asian, I realized that pretty much every culture's diet is generous with grains.

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But there probably isn't a country in the world as dependent on grains as the US. In 2000, the USDA reported that each American was consuming approximately 200 pounds of grain each year and estimates that each of us consumes approximately 50 pounds of bread each year.

Bread is a staple of the American diet. We use it to make sandwiches, to sop up extra soup or salad dressing, and to make croutons.

Unfortunately, most of us eat the absolute worst kind of bread: the kind made from refined grains. White bread can be deadly to your diet, and it comes with a host of potential health problems.

Modern bread carries a wide array of issues. Here are some reasons you should avoid it:

  • - It's stripped of essential vitamins and nutrients during processing.
  • - It's a source of simple carbohydrates that cause spikes in blood sugar.
  • - It's a big contributor to heart disease.

In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health has said that eating white bread can not only stall weight loss, but cause weight gain.

Luckily, to live a healthy life, you don't need to cut bread out of your diet entirely!

Whether because you're eating on the go, your kids love peanut butter sandwiches, or you consider eggs on toast a fantastic breakfast, bread and other grains do have a place in a healthy diet. You just need to eat the right kinds of grains. And to get the most out of the bread you're putting in your body, there's only one option: SWG bread.

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What does SWG mean?

Most of the benefits of sprouted whole grain (SWG) breads come from the way they're produced. In most breads, the grains are ground into flour and then processed. In white breads, the grains are also bleached, which further leeches essential vitamins and minerals.

In sprouted whole grain bread products, however, the grains are allowed to sprout before they're ground up.

3 reasons to switch to SWG bread:

  1. Sprouting aids digestion. If you suffer from gas or indigestion, sprouted whole grain breads can offer relief. That's because sprouting breaks down complex sugars and phytic acid, which prevents the body's absorption of key vitamins and minerals. Plus, sprouted whole grains are an excellent source of fiber, further aiding digestion.

  2. Sprouting prevents depletion of vitamins and boosts them! Grains pack the most nutritional punch when sprouted, increasing supplies of essential vitamins and beta carotene.

  3. Sprouting reduces the carbohydrate content and increases the protein content of grains. Because the sprouting process changes some carbohydrates into proteins, you can enjoy a turkey sandwich on two slices of sprouted whole grain bread without worrying about blowing your entire daily carb allowance. Plus, the variety of grains in many sprouted grain products provides a wide array of amino acids.

So many dieters trip up on their way to achieving their weight-loss goals because the allure of bread and grains is too great to pass up. It's important to understand not only what you should or shouldn't eat, but also why. Most widely available breads including some "whole wheat" varieties that are essentially white bread with a few grains tossed in for marketing purposes are processed to the point where they have no nutritional value whatsoever.

We need to massively cut back on the amount of bread we eat (ehem, 50 pounds!), but it isn't essential to cut it out entirely. If you still feel the pull of PB&J, spread it on Ezekiel 4:9 bread. Your body will enjoy it as much as your taste buds.

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Rebecca T.
Hi Janice! The use of sprouted whole grains is perfectly fine as long as it is in moderation. Making your own is your absolute best bet because you know that only natural and healthy ingredients are going into it, but store bought would be fine too!
Janice Sloan

I have been reading horror stories about all flour, even sprouted. I make my own organic sprouted grain flour and use only Olive oiil,

I have been reading horror stories about all flour, even sprouted grains. I make the most healthy organic spouted grain bread I can I even sprout my own grains myself. Is there any truth to eliminating all flours out of our diets

Susan Manthey
What is a recommended brand of SWG bread products and where can I buy them?
Coach Chrissy

Hi Judith - I don't know of a particular almond flour brand, but Canyon Bakehouse is a brand that's gluten free that you could try.

Rice is fine to eat (occasionally) or eat in a product.

Judith Turner
Oh! and I forgot to ask, is rice ok in your product or is it "bad" like pastas?
Judith Turner
Is there an almond flour bread on the market that doesn't have all the same problems as wheat, that bypasses the wheat flour and even the SWG grains?
Coach Chrissy
Ray - I always found mine in my "regular" grocery store (or they will have it in a health food store), but you need to look for it in the freezer section.
Ray Meeks
Where can I find this bread. What store caries it? Is it expensive?