If you have a gut – it’s trendy to be referring to it not as a gut, but rather as a “Wheat Belly”.
The Wheat Belly craze – based on the eponymous diet book – claims (erroneously) that wheat-containing and processed foods made with wheat act like opiate drugs, promoting addictive behaviors and leading ultimately to all of the ills associated there within.
While it’s certainly true that excessive amounts of refined and processed foods – including grain foods – can contribute to unwanted weight gain, the Wheat Belly diet actually advocates for a reduction in or elimination of other healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.
As any savvy consumer knows, a fad diet that either demonizes or glorifies a particular food or food group is not one that is ultimately going to result in sustained weight loss or promote optimally healthy food patterning.
So, for the more evolved consumer who understands that whole grains are a part of a healthy lifestyle, what’s your best bet when it comes to bread? This dietitian says – hands down – it’s Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread.
Short of baking your own 100% whole wheat bread – Ezekiel is as about as close as you can get to pan perfection!
What sets this bread so far above the bar is its incredibly clean ingredient list, especially when it comes to sugar and salt. The bread has not only no high fructose corn syrup, but no added sugars at all. And there is just enough salt (which effects dough texture and enhances taste) to make it taste like actually bread. (If you’ve ever had salt-free bread, which isn’t bread at all, you know what I mean!)
With 80 calories per slice, 3 grams of dietary fiber and just 75 mg sodium, this is an excellent option for those looking to incorporate whole grains without the added sugars and salt usually found in conventional bread aisle bread options.