If you haven’t tried Ezekiel bread yet, it may be a healthier option than what you are currently eating. It is a unique loaf made from freshly sprouted live grains. The sprouting process improves the nutrient composition of the grains. In contrast to most commercial breads, which consist primarily of refined wheat or pulverized whole wheat, Ezekiel bread contains several different types of grains and legumes: wheat, millet, barley, spelt, soybeans and lentils. The grains and legumes are organically grown and allowed to sprout before processing. This combination of sprouted grains contains all 9 essential amino acids, which makes up a complete protein.
Sprouted grains are technically vegetables. To sprout a grain, you soak it until it begins to sprout into a little plant. These sprouts are then ground up to make bread. When you eat a grain that has been refined into flour, your body quickly metabolizes it like a sugar, which causes your insulin to spike. Chronic overconsumption can lead to weight gain, inflammation, high cholesterol and diabetes. Most breads, unlike Ezekiel bread, also contain added sugar, which can contribute to further health problems. Sprouts are easier to digest than starchy flour, and contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than whole grains. Phytic acid is destroyed when the grain sprouts, so your body is able to better absorb all the nutrients. Sprouting also helps to reduce the amount of gluten, a protein found in wheat, spelt, rye and barley, that many people are sensitive to. This makes Ezekiel bread easier to digest and doesn’t overwork pancreatic enzymes. While I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with Celiac disease, it is often well tolerated by people with mild gluten sensitivities.
Ezekiel bread is a natural product, free from chemicals, preservatives and additives, so I recommend storing it in your freezer and only taking out what you need. Look for it in the freezer section of your local grocery store or health food store. Consider upgrading your sliced bread and give Ezekiel a try! I don’t work for Food for Life Baking Co; I just like sharing healthy products:)