For most of us, bread is food staple, versatile and filling, we use it for breakfast, lunch and even dinner at times (beans on toast is a classic quick meal!).
The massive variety of bread, buns and loaves increases year on year and free-from and alternative bread types have been increasingly popular too. Now a lot of commercial breads include a lot of preservatives and sugar to keep them “fresher” for longer, affecting our gut health and waistlines. Enter Ezekiel Bread…
What Is Ezekiel Bread?
Ezekiel bread is a flourless bread made from sprouted grains. It’s named after the Old Testament verse Ezekiel 4:9, which reads: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself…”
It has a rich flavour and a dense texture. It’s also a complete source of plant-based protein (containing all the essential amino acids your body needs).
Why is Ezekiel Bread so Popular?
Ezekiel bread has been touted as one of the healthiest breads on the planet; it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals & nutrients to keep you satisfied and healthy. It’s made with 4 types of cereal grains that contain antioxidants, promote bone health & help regulate bowels. Additionally, the bread also includes 2 different legumes which contain magnesium and fibre, and help gut health. Finally, Ezekiel bread has zero added sugar, unlike most other commercial loaves of bread.
It also happens to taste great—and it’s only 80 calories per slice!
What ingredients are in Ezekiel bread?
Just take a peek at a loaf’s ingredient list and you’ll see that Ezekiel is made with all good-for-you ingredients: Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.
Why Is Sprouted Bread Better for You?
It breaks down the part of the grain that’s hardest to digest. The process releases enzymes that transform carbohydrates into smaller molecules that are easier for your body to process. Sprouting also unlocks vitamins and minerals, making them more readily absorbable by the body during digestion.
Historically, many grains sprouted by accident, but today we can safely sprout grains in a controlled environment.
Is Ezekiel Bread Low in Carbs?
Because the sprouting process breaks down starches, sprouted grains have fewer carbohydrates. But it’s worth noting that the bread is not gluten-free and it’s not free of carbs, either.
Is Ezekiel bread gluten-free?
No, Ezekiel bread is not gluten-free. The ingredient list includes “Wheat Gluten”. Plus, there is also naturally-occurring gluten found in the Sprouted Organic Wheat.
You may have heard that people who are gluten sensitive (but not gluten intolerant) don’t experience the same digestive issues with sprouted bread that they have with other loaves of bread. According to Food for Life, their “unique sprouting process activates enzymes, which naturally metabolize starch, carbohydrates and gluten protein. This may explain why so many gluten-sensitive people may tolerate sprouted grains.”
Is it vegan-friendly?
This Food for Life loaf doesn’t contain a trace of eggs, butter, or milk. Plus, it provides many nutrients vegans may be deficient in, such as iron (4% DV) and protein (8% DV).
Can diabetics eat Ezekiel bread?
Diabetics can enjoy a slice or two of bread without the dreaded sugar spike! Ezekiel bread is among the best foods for diabetics because it’s low-glycemic. The Glycemic Research Institute also awarded the bread the Diabetic Friendly Seal.
Why is Ezekiel bread Frozen?
It’s kept frozen in order to prevent molding and retain the taste. That’s because there are no preservatives in the bread. Without artificial preservatives, Ezekiel bread will go through the natural process that happens to natural food, going moldy! Freezing delays that process.