Husband is now diabetic. Need help with best GI breads for him.
This week my husband was diagnosed as diabetic. He also has high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high sodium. He loves white bread, French bread, and Italian bread, but I only buy whole grain bread. He hates it.
I bought an Ankarsrum mixer so I could start making whole grain bread instead of buying it. Grinding my own grain will have to wait, but eventually I will buy a mill.
Now I need to rethink making just whole grain bread. Maybe I need to make sour dough or rye or pumpernickel. Since he is a diabetic, we are now watching to see which foods affect his blood sugar the most. I have spent all day reading posts. Here is what I know, so far about lower glycemic index.
1. Barley flour = lowest GI, then pumpernickel, and rye. I assume whole wheat sour dough has lower GI than white sour dough.???
2. Confused about barley, pumpernickel, and rye breads. Do they use yeast, or do they us a starter?
3. If using a starter with pumpernickel or rye breads, do they have an even lower GI than pumpernickel or rye made with yeast? I know nothing about rye or pumpernickel bread.
4. Then throw in whole grain wheat breads. Where do they fit in on the GI scale compared to the others?
5. I always weigh everything we eat. I just bought a new scale that measures hydration percentages. I may not be understanding what the scale does. My Weigh KD 8000. Am I right or wrong?
6. I need some suggestions about what kinds of flour to buy if I am making low GI bread, and I will probably buy a starter instead of making one. I would have to drive 2 hours to get anything other than all purpose and bread flour. Rye and other flours are not in my local stores. I will need to order flour online if you have any suggestions on websites.
I was thinking only about making wheat bread...now I have to make bread that is way over my expertise....which is white bread made with yeast. I also need to lower the sodium any recipe I try. I read posts about Tuscan bread, but the recipe I saw was white bread.
I would greatly appreciate any advice or knowledge, so I can get started baking bread for him. Thanks for taking the time to read all of this long post.