What Food Do Most People Miss On A Low Carb Diet?
What’s the one product almost every low carber says they miss on their low carb diet? Bread of course! But anyone who knows me knows that I have never trusted the low carb breads on the market. So when LC Foods asked me to test and review their Low Carb Fresh Baked Multi Grain Bread, I was very skeptical. There are some shady manufacturers in Florida and California claiming they have zero carb bread but I don’t believe them–especially when their ingredients look like what is in a normal loaf of bread. I’ve never felt that the companies selling these breads were being honest with their ingredients and carb counts–until now.
The Science of Resistant Starches
There are three types of starches–rapidly digested starch (which breaks down quickly into simple sugars), slowly digested starch (like whole barley) and resistant starch (which reaches the large intestine without being broken down into sugars at all). Most of LC Foods’ products use resistant starches as part of their main ingredients.
When isolated resistant starch is used to substitute for flour in foods, the glycemic response of that food is reduced. There is preliminary evidence that resistant starch, used as a substitute for refined carbohydrate, may increase insulin sensitivity and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Ok that’s a lot of science, but what that really means is that resistant starches pass through the digestive system mostly untouched and not absorbed or processed until it reaches the large intestine where it is consumed or fermented by colonic bacteria.
Tasting the Low Carb Fresh Baked Multi Grain Bread
So like I mentioned before, I was really worried I was not going to like this bread. Boy was I wrong. I pulled the loaf out of it’s packaging and was happily surprised at how heavy it was! It weighed about 2.5 pounds! The bread is sold unsliced and they recommend to cut it into 25 slices. And by the way, those are not thin slices.
The Multi Grain Bread is light brown and dense with TONS of brown flax seeds throughout the loaf. It has a strong smell of what it’s supposed to smell like–BREAD! I sliced about half the loaf (12 pieces) for the photographs for this post and then decided on how I wanted to test it.
Plain Untoasted Multi Grain Bread
Even though the slices are dense, the bread has plenty of bounce and still retained its shape. So how is it? It tastes and smells like multi grain wheat bread (which is what it is). The addition of the brown flax seeds gives it a nice, earthy, healthy taste. I imagined it would do a great job soaking up a salad dressing or just about any sugar free condiment you could coat it with.
Plain Toasted Multi Grain Bread
Of course I had to toast a slice. About 2 minutes in the toaster that’s been hidden away in the pantry made it medium brown and warm to the touch. So how does it toast? Just like regular bread–just without about 75% of the carbs. I don’t really miss having bread or toast everyday, but now I feel I can have it whenever I want to as part of a special meal be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
But, what I didn’t think of until I made that first slice of toast is…
A BLT Made with LC Foods’ Multi Grain Bread
Oh my! What could be better than what I haven’t had in 15 years–a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. I pulled some tomatoes and romaine lettuce out of the fridge along with my favorite mayonnaise–Trader Joe’s Organic Mayonnaise. After cooking about 4 slices of bacon, I toasted 2 slices and starting building the Low Carb BLT. As you can tell from the photos, I took great pride in building this low carb bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.
Yes, I had just made the ultimate Low Carb BLT!
Bottom line – I have to say I am extremely happy with LC Foods’ Low Carb Fresh Baked Multi Grain Bread. It looks like regular bread, toasts like regular bread, and tastes like regular bread–only with 1g of net carbs per slice. Low Carb Fresh Baked Multi Grain Bread is a tasty substitute for non-low carb sliced bread and will allow you to make sandwiches, toast, and just about anything else you would normally make with bread. Having only 1 gram of net carbs per slice makes it easy for me to rate it 5 stars out of 5.
Low Carb Fresh Baked Multi Grain Bread Nutrition Facts
- Serving Size 1 slice (42.5g) (3-3/4″ wide x 5″ tall x 1/2″ thick)
- Servings per Container 25
- Calories 134
- Calories from Fat 50
- Total Fat 5.4g
- Saturated Fat 2.5g
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 7mg
- Sodium 211mg
- Total Carbohydrate 9.5g*
- Dietary Fiber 8.5g*
- Sugars 0g
- Protein 11g
Ingredients: Wheat protein isolates, resistant wheat starches, brown flax seed, vital wheat gluten, butter, coconut oil, Inulin chicory root fiber, salt, instant dry yeast, calcium propionate (as a preservative), organic stevia rebaudiana leaf natural herbal extracts, natural luo han guo monk fruit, natural caramel color and natural enzymes.
*Net Carbs as listed by the manufacturer on the package = 1g per serving (1 slice).