A Different Kind of Bread: Sprouted Bread


Bread is often well liked by many, but for some, bread can make a person feel bloated, causing digestive discomfort.   Many people also note that if they consume too much bread, they have a more difficult time losing weight.

Carbohydrates are healthy, but bread falls into a somewhat grey area.  It is dense with calories due to the small amount of water it contains (which is why a bagel at Dunkin’ Donuts can have up to 400 calories!).  Bread offers a lot of calories, with little nutrition.  When consuming grain-based carbohydrates, ideally you want to get a good dose of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Bread, however, is often enriched (even if it is whole grain) and the fiber content usually comes from added fibers, not whole grain fiber.  In small doses, it is usually fine, but large amounts may add to weight gain due to the high amount of calories.

However, most of the American diet involves eating a lot of bread, and it is hard to completely remove it from one’s diet (nor should you have to, remember moderation).  A possible alternative is to try sprouted bread.  Sprouted bread is different from enriched bread. Sprouted bread is allowed to germinate and “sprout”, saving vitamins and minerals that are usually removed in the milling process of enriched breads.  It is made from the entire grain: the germ, bran, and endosperm, whereas enriched bread has the germ and bran removed, removing most of the vitamins and minerals.   Sprouted bread does not go through the milling process of converting grain into flour.  Therefore, sprouted bread is actually flour-less bread.  Sprouted bread can also be made from gluten-free sources, as well.

There are some who question sprouted bread, wondering if the sprouting process can cause harmful bacteria to grow.  However, I have not come across this problem or read of any cases of this actually happening.

Food for Life® is a company that sells sprouted breads and similar products.  You can find these products in the freezer section of the grocery store (often in the health food section, if located separately in the grocery store).  These breads must be kept in the freezer or refrigerator.

For more information or to see various sprouted bread products, visit, http://www.foodforlife.com/our-products/sprouted-grain.


About Kimberly Dawson, M.S.

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