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.

The best low-carb breads

Earlier about fake low-carb products

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173 comments

  1. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I just started KETO and found this bread at Costco today. Artisan Bakers -Keto Bread-Multi Seed out of Sonoma, CA. 2G Fat, 12 g carbs, 12 g fiber, Total Sugars 1 g, Protein 3 g. Ingredients: Tapioca Starch, Water, Wheat gluten, Inulin (chicory root fiber), Oat fiber, wheat protein isolate, sunflower seeds, flax seed meal, yeast, soy oil, cultured wheat flour, vinegar, salt, preservative (Calcium propionate, sorbet acid) Guar gum, ascorbic acid, enzymes. Just toasted a slice and it was great. Did I make a mistake?

    Take a moment to compare the list of ingredients you noted here to our Ingredients to Avoid List to help you determine if you made a mistake or not. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/ingredients-to-avoid Typically, people who eat a low carb or ketogenic diet avoid wheat products.

  2. Tiffany
    Would you recommend ThinSlim Foods bread? The ingredients are wheat protein isolate, vital wheat gluten, oat fiber, modified wheat starch, flaxseed meal, olive oil, chicory root, yeast, salt, apple cider vinegar
    Reply: #153
  3. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Would you recommend ThinSlim Foods bread? The ingredients are wheat protein isolate, vital wheat gluten, oat fiber, modified wheat starch, flaxseed meal, olive oil, chicory root, yeast, salt, apple cider vinegar

    We would recommend avoiding that bread due to the wheat ingredients. It's best to avoid all grains. Here's our Ingredients to Avoid list that should come in handy for you! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/ingredients-to-avoid
    We also have a variety of bread recipes you may want to try! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/bread

  4. Lora Wiltshire
    Aldi has a good 0 Carb Bread, L'Oven. It is really good. They have a Wheat & a Multiseed. I don't eat it very often because of the grain.
    Reply: #156
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  6. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Aldi has a good 0 Carb Bread, L'Oven. It is really good. They have a Wheat & a Multiseed. I don't eat it very often because of the grain.

    Diet Doctor would not recommend these because of the grains. Here's our Ingredients to Avoid list that should come in handy for you! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/ingredients-to-avoid

  7. Vicki
    Atkins have a delicious, bake at home bread Mix yielding very low carbs. Is this an issue on a LCHF diet?
    Reply: #158
  8. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Atkins have a delicious, bake at home bread Mix yielding very low carbs. Is this an issue on a LCHF diet?

    Hi, Vicki! That will depend on the ingredients. It's probably made with wheat, which we recommend avoiding.
    You may want to compare the ingredients list to our list of Ingredient to Avoid. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/ingredients-to-avoid

  9. Lori
    Reading through the posts, and walking this journey myself, I can't help but think about what my Doc at the Toronto Metabolic Clinic keeps reminding me of, which is "no packaged foods" - bread, snacks etc. Keto for overall health improvement requires commitment to making your meals from scratch with whole ingredients while utilizing all of the great recipes out there. Regardless of the "keto bread", if you are buying it from the store???, and are struggling with your health/weight/blood sugar control etc, don't buy it. Make one of the recipes with your own ingredients if you long for low carb bread options...there is never any guessing when you know there is no chemicals and exact ingredients. Clean eating never comes in any type of package.
  10. Michael Ann
    Why do you keep saying "avoid wheat"? I thought the idea was to avoid high carb food that will spike insulin levels. If the bread contains wheat but it is in a form that is HIGH FIBER then why avoid it?
  11. frank haro
    I have been eating the artisan bakers keto bread no insulin spikes and I am still in ketosis so I don't. understand why you said not to buy it if its the only thing that you eat that isn't from scratch you should not avoid this bread its truly loaded with fiber trust me I know
    Reply: #162
  12. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I have been eating the artisan bakers keto bread no insulin spikes and I am still in ketosis so I don't. understand why you said not to buy it if its the only thing that you eat that isn't from scratch you should not avoid this bread its truly loaded with fiber trust me I know

    I am glad you are experiencing success in achieving your goals while enjoying products such as this. This will not be the case for everyone. It is especially important for someone with diabetes to test their blood sugar for impact after consuming products such as these. For people who are not meeting their goals, this can be one of the culprits.

  13. Beth
    What about Lewis' Healthy Life Keto bread and buns? They are very close to the taste and texture of regular bread and buns.
  14. Kathy
    I recently tried Lewis Keto bread. For some reason after I eat it, I get a bad stomach ache. I usually eat Healthy life low carb bread, and have no problems. I came on this site to see if anyone else experienced this. I'm not sure what ingredient would be causing the stomach aches.
    Reply: #168
  15. Kat
    How about Kiss my Keto bread with cultured wheat and wheat gluten?
    Reply: #166
  16. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    How about Kiss my Keto bread with cultured wheat and wheat gluten?

    Cultured wheat, wheat gluten, and honey will be a concern for some with this brand. Check out our article on gluten to get a better understanding of the concerns related to it so that you can make an informed decision for yourself. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/gluten

  17. Bliss
    I like Mikey’s low carb muffins. They are not like regular wheat bread, but they are good enough to satisfy that craving or act like a bun. Ingredients are confidence-Inspiring: eggs, almond flour, water, coconut flour, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, egg whites, kosher salt.
  18. Tam
    That is the exact reason I checked out this forum. I seem to get an upset stomach every time I eat one of these Lewis Keto buns.
  19. Heidi
    You need a keto bread with coconut flour, flaxseed flour chia seeds, etc home st ketobbread is amazing
    Reply: #170
  20. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    You need a keto bread with coconut flour, flaxseed flour chia seeds, etc home st ketobbread is amazing

    We have lots of great keto bread recipes available! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/recipes/bread

  21. aud
    doing keto low carb 5 years not a single food is “keto food. ketosis is a metabolic state when dropping your carbs under 25. follow the net carbs and keep it minimal 25 a day regusrdless if it’s 1NC slice bread or zero even better. it won’t tip you over the top ,you can STILL lose or maintain regusrdless slight traces of wheat sugar ect in “keto foods”.
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  23. Jackie Harris
    Is there a reason yeast is not used in the keto bread and pizza crust recipes? I miss the taste it brings.
    Reply: #174
  24. Charlotte Zwart Team Diet Doctor

    Is there a reason yeast is not used in the keto bread and pizza crust recipes? I miss the taste it brings.

    Yeast needs a bit of sugar to activate and rise. Here is a recipe with yeast: https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/low-carb-deep-dish-pan-pizza

  25. BevAnne Moynham
    This recipe by Leann Vogel makes a delicious flaxseed bread. I like it better than regular bread.
    https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2014/08/flaxseed-focaccia-bread/
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  27. Adrienne
    I haven't laughed this hard in ages. TY! Great video.
  28. ghislaine
    they have a new bread out called Live Carb Bread by Aunt Millies is it really low carb or are there hidden carbs there?
    Reply: #179
  29. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    they have a new bread out called Live Carb Bread by Aunt Millies is it really low carb or are there hidden carbs there?

    We would not recommend this bread due to ingredients such as wheat, starch, vegetable oils, and added sugar. Our Ingredients to Avoid list can be helpful when reading labels! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/ingredients-to-avoid

  30. BeeJay
    I just tried your experiment with the Aldi (Loven Fresh) keto bread and the Lewis Bakeshop keto bread. Both turned into sponges! Tried it with hubby's Dave's Killer Bread (NOT keto) and it fell apart because it's real bread!
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