The popularity of the Atkins Diet and the explosive growth of low-carb diet plans have led people to believe that carbohydrates are the worst possible food to eat when trying to lose weight. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) thinks differently. In fact, the USDA has placed carbohydrates at the base of the food pyramid, suggesting that we should eat nearly twice as many carbs as vegetables or fruits. In truth, no one should do without carbohydrates. The trick is simply picking the rights carbs to eat because some are better than others at helping to promote healthy weight.
Low-carb diets don’t always specify which carbs are “good” and which should be avoided. At the source of the distinction is the glycemic index (GI). Carbohydrates with a low GI are harder for the body to process and so it require more energy and processing before they are usable. The result is that low GI foods are filling, but provide fewer net calories in the end. High GI carbs increase risks of everything from diabetes to heart disease and often contain fewer nutrients anyway. Here are nine different types of bread that will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but can also help you lose weight.
1. Ezekiel Bread
Ezekiel bread just might be the healthiest bread available. It is made from organic, sprouted whole grains. Sprouted seeds have higher levels of vitamins and nutrients and enhanced flavor. The taste of sprouted seeds allows Ezekiel bread to be sugar free. That means the bread is very low in calories. Also, because Ezekiel bread uses only whole grains, it has a very low glycemic index. Taste, nutrient density, and a low GI make Ezekiel bread ideal for those on a diet. Keep in mind that Ezekiel bread does contain gluten and thus is not a good choice for those with gluten sensitivity.