The Problem With Low-Carb Bread

A lot of people miss bread on a low-carb diet. There are lots of special low-carb breads sold in stores, but be careful! They usually suffer from one of two common problems:

  1. The bread is full of carbs and the nutrition information is full of lies
  2. The bread is not edible

A good example of the first problem was Julian Bakery’s low-carb bread. As I wrote earlier it turned out that people’s blood sugar increased just as much as by eating real bread. And when the “low-carb” bread was sent for analysis it turned out to contain 17 times more carbs (!) than specified.

Julian Bakery’s bread used to be an example of the first problem: high-carb bread fraudulently marketed as low-carb.

After being exposed they apparently decided to change the recipe into a truly lower-carb version. Instead of using “Sprouted Whole Grains” i.e. wheat flour as the main ingredient they are now using “Non-GMO Wheat Protein Isolate” i.e. gluten (!) as the number one ingredient. Not very Paleo. The result can be seen in the video above.

Have you found a good option for real low-carb bread? Share it in the comments below.

Earlier about fake low-carb products



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  1. Lauri
    Following a low carb plan and eating bread in any form is like being a vegetarian and eating fake burgers and chicken at every meal. There is so much more one can have that isn't bread, why are people pining for it? Yes, it tasted good, but it's not a part of my life anymore, I don't seek it out, I don't scroll through websites and blogs looking at pictures of it and even better - eating a couple of lettuce wraps is usually more vegetables than many vegetarians (that I know) eat.

    If one is going to make the change to a healthier life, realize bread is not a part of it and move on.

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  1. Clara Laub
    My daughter sent me an ebook called Low Carb Gluten Free Yeast Bread Recipes to Slim By. I can't eat gluten and my husband is diabetic and this is just perfect because it only uses coconut flour, flax meal, almond flour, white bean flour (very little of that) and whey protein. I've made the french bread, the cinnamon rolls, the sandwich bread and something else I don't remember but they were wonderful, nice and high - oh, the other was the rye bread - so good. Hope this helps someone else.
  2. Cari Kuehmichel
    I am thinking of ordering my Julian bread because i have terrible trouble getting bugs off my car and keeping my stainless steel appliances streak free when i clean. Way to go Julian bread!!! funny
  3. Smashyface
    @Lauri People are "pining" for it because it is hard to cut bread out of a diet for many diabetics. Bread is one of my favorite things in the world. See, just because you have done something, that doesn't mean everyone else has - so while I am very happy for you to have cut bread out of your diet, don't assume it is that easy for everyone - It kind of makes you sound a tad bit conceded.
  4. Reema
    Ooo, thanks for the belly laugh! :))
  5. Emory
    I'm going to get a loaf or two. It looks like the sponges may last longer than a few rolls of paper towels.
    I recall when "low carb" bread first came out and I tried a few different ones. The amount of wheat gluten in them made them very similar to the bread in the video.
    It's shameful that a company would do such a thing. Of course, "low carb" is a subjective term. Most "low carb" items I see at our grocery are not. They are lower in carbs than a normal food item (low carb tortilla vs tortilla) but not enough to make a difference. I think people see "low carb" and buy it.
  6. Ali
    I do have a delicious low carb bread for you guys to try!!! I'm so happy about it. I found it at sprouts and always have it stocked. The brand is Oasis, and they have two varieties of it among all their other bread varieties. The base is sprouted organic wheat berries!

    I've tried low-carb flaxseed and veggie low-carb. Both are good but the veggie kind does have small bits of carrots, etc. They are 6g impact carbs each. (7g - 1g fiber) Each slice is a bit smaller than a regular slice but it's perfectly sized for me. Try it out and let me know what you guys think

  7. FiFi
    Cindy, how many carbs in each slice of this fantastic-looking bread? You nor the Caveman addressed that IMPORTANT question. Thanks.
  8. Emily
    Any response from Julian's Bakery? I bought some of their bread at Whole Foods. It actuailly falls apart easily, but it is super dry and tasteless without tons of butter and jam or cinnamon sugar!
  9. Emily
    Curious to try some bread products from the Great Low Carb Bread Company. They look promising.
  10. Willa
    I have a store by me that makes their own flax bread, pizza's etc- Zambettis in New city, is a life saver for those of us who still jones carbs.... they make everything on site, the food is very edible and it keeps me from losing it and binging on garbage. While we all strive to be perfect and not crave those lovely, wonderful carbs- some of us are not as strong nor perfect.
    So when comments are made that eating low carb bread is like a vegetarian eating meat- that is basically just mean. I try, I try every day to make the right choices but guess what I don't want to live a life of deprivation. I quit smoking, I quite drinking...but yes I enjoy a sandwich, or a turkey burger with a bun etc so please don't try and shame those of us who are looking for healthy alternatives.
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  11. lu ann
    The video is very funny and makes you think.

    I am trying the LCHF lifestyle but it's not working too well. My husband is doing it with me and works as a sales rep from his car all day. He spends 8 hours in/out of his car with customers and placing phone calls. He MUST have a sandwhich every day for lunch, not because he craves bread, but because of the convenience of eating a sandwhich while driving.

    He does not stop all work and take a lunch break like most people. The sooner he's done with his day, the faster he gets home. His days are typically 12 hours so he's not taking 30 minutes for lunch. So he can't have a salad. he doesn't have a microwave to heat up foods. He just wants to reach into his cooler and pull out a sandwhich and eat it on the road.

    So for him, the no-bread is a deal breaker in this lifestyle. And the other alleged LC bread recipes seem too time consuming and really don't look very appetizing. My husband likes his "regular" bread, not seeds, flax and weirdow stuffs. All other aspects are working out, but the no-bread is the deal breaker and we will be checking out of the LCHF program tomorrow. My husband needs to lose 30 lbs. but we will have to find another way.

    I, however, am still on-board but I don't want to live a different life than everyone else in my house. I wish there was a way, because this really seems like a good lifestyle.

  12. Eddie Mitchell
    Try this super low carb easy to make bread. I have not tried it yet but others who have tell me it's great.

  13. lu ann
    Willa, I am with YOU! This LCHF lifestyle makes lots of sense ... on paper. I have come to learn a lot about how the body reacts to different foods and learned a lot. That said ..... I can reduce the amounts of potatoes/rice/pasta/cereals/processed baked goods we consume but I just can not give them up completely. Not because we crave them, but because we enjoy them.

    Bread is a big staple in our house. My husband works out of his car and it's a convenience. I have kids in school and they want sandwiches for lunch.

    We gave this lifestyle a brief try but I'm the only one in the house who's impressed and wants to continue. I'm the one who buys the food, brings the food into the house and prepares the food. Sooooo, they are at my mercy. I will incorporate some of the things I learned into making a more healthy lifestyle for us but we can't go cold-turkey and do this lifestyle 24/7. Not because we are addicted to food and just come up with excuses, but because we happen to like food and don't want to deprive ourselves of anything. I don't crave a Snickers Bar, but I remember what they taste like and I want to have one today. And so I shall. But I won't have one every day. And I'll try and limit the bad Glycemic index foods as best I can.

    I don't know why anyone would want to deprive themselves and call it a lifestyle.

    My daughter was vegetarian last year and is now vegan. I try not to laugh, sometimes. Maybe she doesn't eat/wear animal products but she eats a lot of vegan junk food. Not sure if her body is a temple or if it's just a fad with her. No matter.

  14. Paula
    I purchased their coconut bread. It was absolutely uneatable! I threw that expensive dry stuff out. I had to drink a gulp of water with every bite I took. Never ordered from them after that expensive disappointing experience!
  15. Adele
    Mahlers Bakery out of CA. They ship 5 loaves for $27! Put straight in freezer.Soy/flaxseed and Vegetable Protein, both for diabetes. Fabulous.
  16. Julie
    I have enjoyed both the pumpernickel and rye types from the Great Low Carb Bread Company. Carbs = 8 gram, fiber = 7 grams. Not only does it satifsfy my bread cravings, but it is a good way to increase my fiber intake. I recommend it for taste!
  17. Mumsies
    Lu ann I have one word for you.....W O W
    Some people just don't get it and talk out of both sides of their mouths. Amazing. Where there is a will, there is a way! These will be the people that fund the physician's retirement plans but not my family. I will post our story on a more appropriate page.
    I make my own "weirdow" bread, oopsie rolls, hamburger buns from portabello mushrooms, and more. It is not difficult.
  18. Michelle
    I order from regularly. They are a bit pricey and the shipping costs are high as well, but as part of a low carb diet, it is worth it for being able to enjoy toast with my soft boiled eggs once in a while or a bagel with a smear of cream cheese, or a hot dog bun with my nitrate free hot dogs.

    I don't recommend the muffins if you live outside of CA, they don't ship very well. The breads are good though. I am a repeat customer.

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  19. erdoke
    It seems to me that the best thing to do is forget about bread altogether.
    I just checked the sesame bread and 3 thin slices contain 24 g of carbs. What's more they come loaded with wheat gluten, wheat protein isolate and other nasty stuff.
  20. Paul
    erdoke, you only need to count the net carbs (total carbs minus fibre) as this is what affects blood sugar, so your 3 slices contain 3g of net carbs. Agree with you about the wheat gluten, etc, though. Anybody have any good low carb, gluten free bread recipes, preferably for bread machine?
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  21. erdoke
    I'm not sure that all fibers are created equal. After all it is not glucose, but insulin that really matters. For me staying away from all grain containing foods remains the best strategy.
  22. Carol
    try this no carb cloud bread recipe...very easy!
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