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Sprouted Whole Grain Bread: A Diet's Best Friend

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

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

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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. Turkey SandwichSprouting 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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Annette Trigg
What are the names of the best breads to buy?
Matilda Harris
Where is the recipe for sprouted wheat bread
Mary Garner
Gluten free is not necessarily the healthy option that you might think. Some experts believe that only 1% of Americans have Celiac Disease. Gluten may not be what triggers health problems. Scientific studies have show that the problem lies in the agrochemicals being used in harvesting wheat
Coach Chrissy
Irene - Once you start making your own meal plans you can add the bread into your diet if you decide to do so.
Kathy Zahn
I found a recipe for homeade sprouted grain bread at just put in homeade sprouted whole grain bread.
Irene Ramirez
where in the plan can I add Ezekele bread?
Coach Chrissy

It really just depends on the ingredients. It's great if your bread is gluten free, but just because something is gluten free doesn't mean it's healthy. Look at ALL the ingredients. You want to try to avoid soy, sugars, artificial sweeteners, lots of preservatives, etc.

Tina Blomsterberg
cannot find swg bread in denmark. can however buy gluten free. I that a good substitute
Megan Samkin
Is the Vogel sprouted whole grain bread ok to use? I'm from New Zealand if you don't get this bread over there I'm unsure
jolanta leszczynski
you can find this bread in Walmart or Trader Joes
Susan Marks
All the Ezekiel breads are frozen. There are several kinds. You may need to ask at the store, sometimes it's in a strange place in the freezer. One of the very nice things about Ezekiel is since I keep it frozen, I only take out what I'm going to use avoiding both temptation and spoilage. Slices thaw quickly and it toasts well without thawing.
Aleks Atanasova

I use this one, it's great

Jenny van Hameren
Here in the netherlands we eat bread for breakfast and lunch just about every day! hard to chenge that habit but would be better to have some variation.
Ken C
Ralanda...most supermarkets carry it in their freezer section.
Ken C
Ralanda...most supermarkets carry it in their freezer section.
Ralanda Hall
Is there a Canadian version of Ezekiel bread?
Sheila McIntosh
I find the Ezekiel 4.9 breads to be very delicious. They come in different varieties which helps with meal plans. Whole foods market's carry rolls , bread, English muffins and tortillas.
Stefania Somorai
I find it very hard to give up bread so I switched to 100% spouted. I really like Oasis Healthy Grains "Veggie Low Carb." I like the taste better than Ezekiel.
Kathy Van Blaricom
Sprouted grain bread in French is "du pain germé". It is found in organic stores such as Bio C'bon. Unfortunately here it tastes awful! Berk! Ezekiel needs to develope in France!
Therese Finney
I agree totally with this article. Bought my Ezekiel bread this weekend.Going to be looking for no GMO flour shells I was told to look for the ones that are manufactured in Mexico. They do not do GMO there. Looking forward to a healthy and clean way of living