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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Best Breads on a Low Carb Diet

One of the things a LOVE about Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure is that it is a Low Sugar/Carb diet plan, but we can have bread! It just has to be the right bread. I've compiled a list of breads with great S/C Values here and where they are available. This list is just a starting point and not meant to be definitive! If your local stores don't carry these brands, just read the labels carefully find the most similar.

Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat Light: Jorge mentions this bread in the book and it is readily available in most major chain grocery stores (Safeway, Krogers, etc). It is easy to find and priced very low, especially since it is 2 slices a serving, so it is a great choice!
Serving Size: 2    Sugar: 3    Carbs: 18     Fiber: 7    S/C Value: 3/1

Oroweat Double Fiber: This bread doesn't have the best S/C Value of the bunch, but its a good alternative that is easily found. I get it at Costco for a great price and this is what I serve my kids, who are not overweight. When I use this bread myself, I tend to do the sandwich open faced and just use the one slice of bread. I know the S/C Value isn't that great, but its the high fiber that goes along with this product that makes it a smart choice.
Serving Size: 1   Sugar: 2     Carbs: 16    Fiber: 6    S/C Value: 2/1

Alvarado St. Bakery Essentail Flax Seed Bread - This is my bread of choice on the BFC. I get mine at Trader Joe's in Northern California. The slices are a little small, but I always have one of these in the fridge and one in the freezer. If your Trader Joe's doesn't carry this, they should carry a TJ brand with the same S/C Values. My area Costco carries the Alvarado St line, but not this bread, which has half the sugar/carbs of the othes.
Serving Size: 2   Sugar: 3   Carbs: 15  Fiber: 3   S/C Value:

Ezekiel Bread: This bread is mentioned in the book, and Jorge frequently uses it in his recipes. Primarily available at specialty food stores, namely Whole Foods, in the refrigerated/freezer section. It is the only bread I know of that has 0 Sugar and my BFC twitter buddy John recommends it!
Serving Size: 1    Sugar: 0    Carbs: 14   Fiber: 3  S/C Value: 0/1

Henry's Market Sprouted Low Carb Flaxseed: Well, if you live near a Henry's Market, I am totally jealous! Along with this bread, which my BFC Buddy Dave says is the best, this chain carries so many great BFC items. When I'm in San Diego in a few weeks I will definitely be checking out Henry's!
Serving Size: 1   Sugar: 1   Carbs: 10    Fiber: 2    S/C Value: 1/1

Hamburger Buns:
Both Earthgrains and Oroweat have hamburger buns called Thin or Skinny Buns or Sandwich Thins brands that have great S/C Value with lots of fiber. These can be found at Costco and major grocery chains. They look like regular hamburger buns, but just much thinner. My kids are really picky eaters, but this is what we use now. They will be great for summer BBQs!


  1. I buy the ezekiel bread too. :)

  2. I've seen the Ezekiel bread in the regular bread section at Trader Joes (WA State). Those Oroweat hamburger bun thins are great. I've seen similar with bagels at Costco, but haven't tried them yet.

    How's Sister M. doing? Haven't heard from her in a while.

  3. Have you found any Sugar Free bread? I'm in Houston and have found a couple of sugar free breads to choose from...
    Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Sugar Free
    1 Slice is 0/1 (0 Sugar & 11 Carbs)
    Mrs. Bairds brand also has a sugar free. I've tried both and prefer the Nature's Own.

  4. You MUST try Julian's breads. Lots of fiber, low carb, low sugar, and even alot of protein. It really is a bread dream come true.


    my favorite: Cinnamon Almond Raisin: Nutrition Facts:
    Serving Size: 1 Slice
    Servings Per Loaf: Approximately 16
    Amount Per Serving:
    Calories: 137 Calories from Fat: 9
    % Daily Value**
    Total Fat: 1g 2%
    Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
    Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
    Sodium: 75mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrate: 15g 9%
    Dietary Fiber: 13g 48%
    Net Carbs: 2g 0%
    Sugars: 1g
    Protein: 16g
    Vitamin A: 0%

    unbelievable, right?

  5. Healthy Life makes a sugar free bread (and english muffin) that relatively low in carbs too. And it tastes like real bread...LOL!

  6. check out Nature's Own too - 100% Whole Wheat
    found at most grocery stores and Wal-mart.
    Each slice is 10 grams of carbs and 1 sugar making it an SC of 2/1. It's delicious with Nature's Hollow Raspberry Preserves!

  7. I've been using Sara Lee 45 calerie wheat bread and it's great for BFC. I also just found Pepperidge farms wheat hamburger buns - really good and only 18 grams per bun.

  8. Can anyone recommend a whole grain, store-bought, gluten-free bread for the BFC? Thanks! Ronda

  9. I found Dempsters Body Wise; 2 slices is 1g sugar, 19g carbs, 4g fiber & SOOOO much tastier than the Ezekiel I used to eat! It was around $5 for a three pack at Costco too.

  10. Another pita bread option is Joseph's Oat Bran & Stone Ground Whole Wheat found at Walmart. Haven't seen them other places but they may be able to order.
    1 pita has 1g sugar, 10g Carb and 5g fiber. These are fantastic for the BFC pizza's as well at a SC count of 1/1! Use them all the time and they are very reasonably priced.
    Thanks again, Amber, for all your hard work on this blog...

  11. Thanks Linda, I will check that brand out.