Compared to white bread, Dave's Killer Bread has several healthy whole-grain bread options with great nutritional value to help keep blood sugar levels in check.
If you’re looking for bread that fits the diabetic lifestyle, or just a healthier alternative, here are 4 of the best bread options.
Does Bread Raise Blood Sugar?
Yes; bread raises blood sugar. Carbohydrates are the nutrient that raise blood sugar and bread is full of them. But the type of ingredients determine how much your blood sugar will rise.
Breads made with refined (white) flour normally have little fiber and protein. These breads can easily spike blood glucose levels, even if they have less carbs than other options.
The good news is that there are tons of whole-grain breads available, and Dave’s Killer Bread has several healthy options to choose from.
Note: What you eat with bread matters too. Since bread is mostly carbs, it's important to pair it with foods that have protein and/or healthy fats. Balancing macro-nutrients plays a big part in preventing blood sugar spikes.
What's in Dave's Killer Bread?
What makes Dave’s Killer Bread stand out as a brand is:
- all organic products.
- no high fructose corn syrup.
- no artificial ingredients.
- flour blends made of seeds and whole grains.
- omega 3s.
Ingredients in the flour blends include:
- Potato (only in "White Bread Done Right")
- Whole wheat
Their breads also come in two sizes: original and "thin sliced."
The original line is larger than most other brands, but the thin sliced is about the same as other breads.
Which of Dave's breads is best?
Dave has 7 flavors, but Righteous Rye and White Bread Done Right are the two that don't have a whole grain as the first ingredient, but whole grains are still in their blends.
All "thin sliced" flavors, and the large sliced Powerseed flavor, are 14 net carbs or less and packed with nutrition.
Nutritionally speaking, whole grain breads from other brands match or exceed Dave's breads, so don't think you need to buy Dave's for a healthy bread.
Best Breads for Diabetes
The type of bread that gives the best glycemic response has whole grains, fiber, protein, and little or no added sugars. The best options will have:
- whole grains.
- at least 4 grams of protein.
- at least 2 grams of fiber.
- about 15 grams of carbohydrates or less (the equivalent of one carb choice).
A whole grain bread is a good choice because it has more fiber and protein than white bread. Whole grains retain the most nutritious parts of the plant that are trashed in white flour.
The complex carbs in whole grains take a longer time to digest, which means a smaller and more gradual rise in blood sugar; not a spike, followed by a crash.
Multi-grain breads, 15-grain, 12-grain, etc. will have "Whole Grains" somewhere near the logo if whole grains are present. To check if the bread actually contains whole grains, read the ingredients list.
The following grains will not appear on the ingredients list as "whole," but they are whole grains: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, Kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, teff, and triticale.
Dave's Killer Breads can be classified as multi-grain, whole grain breads. All of their flavors are good options as "thin sliced." But we'll note that the White Bread Done Right has less protein and fiber content than the others.
Perhaps the best bread in Dave's lineup is the Powerseed in the original size. It packs 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, only 1 gram of added sugar, and 14 net carbs.
Rye breads will not always contain the whole grain, but Pumpernickel bread does. When it comes to rye bread, the darker, the more likely it uses the whole grain.
100% Whole Wheat
Whole wheat bread uses wheat only; no other grains. The 100% designation also means that the wheat used is whole, not refined.
Sprouted Bread (Ezekiel Bread)
Sprouted breads are made from sprouted whole grains, legumes, and/or seeds. Sprouting grains reduces carbohydrates and increases other nutrients, causing a smaller glucose response than other breads.
Ezekiel bread is one type of sprouted bread. It follows the instruction given in the Bible's Ezekiel 4:9.
The unique taste of sourdough bread isn’t the only good thing about it. In addition to that sourdough flavor, the fermentation process transforms carbohydrates, causing its glycemic index value to drop.
A sourdough made with sprouted grains is exceptionally great for blood sugar levels.
Brands to Grab in the Bread Aisle
This list offers you a wide range to pick from, just make sure each slice of bread has a reasonable number of carbs for your diet.
- Dave's Killer Bread - All "thin sliced" varieties & Powerseed (large size).
- Any brand - 100% whole wheat.
- Ezekiel 4:9.
- Any brand - pumpernickel.
- Any brand - Sprouted.
To sum it up, try to pick breads labeled as whole-grain, 100% whole wheat, sprouted, sourdough, Ezekiel, or pumpernickel; also, rye breads dark in color. Be sure the carbs per slice fit into your diet.
Popular gluten free flours and blends can be high carb, so be sure to read the ingredient list and beware of white rice flour.
Summary: Can people with diabetes eat bread?
Yes, people with diabetes can eat bread, but the ingredients matter! Whole grains, protein, and fiber will give the best glycemic response. Check the nutrition label for a "whole" grain as the first ingredient. Note: there are multiple flours that are whole grains but will not say "whole" in the ingredients.
Dave's Killer Bread is a healthy choice for diabetics. All flavors in the "thin sliced" are good choices, and Powerseed in the large size is great as well.
In addition to Dave's, the best breads are Ezekiel, 100% whole wheat or whole grain, spouted, and sourdough.
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