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*Sigh*...Low Carb Bread Recipes? Is it possible??

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Trishinomaha

*Sigh*...Low Carb Bread Recipes? Is it possible??

Our long hard winter and my new hobby (along with the baking of cakes, cookies, etc) has managed to put too many unwanted pounds on my husband and me. We've decided on the South Beach Diet. We can add some carbs we love (potatoes, bread, etc.) when we get to phase 2 in a few weeks but we will still try to need to figure out lower carb breads at least for awhile. Any ideas for our beloved home baked bread or am I crazy...

TIA...

Trish

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StephenJ

There are recipes here that may help:

 http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/lowcarb-breads.html

 

PS: I lived on South Beach and many people apparently have not followed the diet.

      Having said that, I worked with the South Beach Diet doc and he is a good guy so good luck with your diet and working towards good health.

 

Stephen

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Trishinomaha

but then I understand we can add a little bit back and then a little more in phase 3. I guess I'm looking forward to a great piece of bread every now and then during phases  2 and 3. I've read great things and am doing my best to avoid things not allowed in phase 1. Did S.B. work for you?

 

Trish

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Trishinomaha

I will try some of these recommendations in a few weeks and let you know the results...

T

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dolfs

The main sources of carbs in bread are those present in the flour, and those in added sweeteners (a third might come from added diary). In many cases you can substitute Splenda for the sweeteners without ill effects on the bread. I've done this often. Contrary to popular belief, sweeteners added to bread dough are (rare exceptions noted) not needed to "feed" the yeast.

You can't take away the flour from the bread, but you can make your flour choices wisely. Whole wheat flour, while possibly containing the same amount of carbs as refined white flour, contains them in a "better" form. These flours have a lower glycemic index, which means the absorption of these carbs into your bloodstream are slower. This is not only beneficial to diabetics, but also beneficial from a dieting perspective, and an overall health perspective. So, try to stay away from "white" breads.

Finally, it has been documented that sourdough breads (everything else being equal) are generally better in this regard as well. 


--dolf


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Trishinomaha

 

Good Information well explained!

Trish

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PaddyL

...to your bread, oat or wheat.  Make oatmeal bread.  Whole wheat, oat or wheat bran, and oatmeal, will slow down the absorption of any sugar or white flour that you use.  You need the complex carbs, so rye is another option.

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Richard L Walker

Rather than pick an existing diet like South Beach or Atkins, I simply cut way back on my simple carbs (potatoes, carrots, things made with flour and sugar).  I try to keep the daily carbs between 50-75 per day, the pounds come off, the medical monitoring improves each and every time.  That said, I give myself the luxury of 1 slice of wonderful bread every day, and as others have indicated, load the loaves with complex carbs.

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Trishinomaha

That may be what we will be doing in a few weeks. I could never give up great bread completely.

T.

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KipperCat

I used to make some lower carb muffins that I thought were pretty good - until I actually tasted some real bread again!  And most of the low carb bread recipes I tried were really awful.

My sister did real well on the South Beach Diet. Congratulations on taking the step.

At various times I've had special diet requirements, either to lose weight, or for health reasons. I've always found that the most pleasant way to eat with dietary restrictions is to find good-tasting foods that naturally fit the requirements.  Things like low-fat ice cream or low-carb bread generally aren't worth the calories they contain. Of course, YMMV!

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Trishinomaha

We've only got 9 more days to go (not that I'm counting...) - Your idea about eating the very best of what's acceptable is well taken! I'm still looking forward to baking though - my neighbors may be benefit from some pretty good bread in the next few weeks... =)

 Trish

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Suzi

Every body to like fast foods. Many foods and dishes contain low carb which is good if you want to lose weight and still keep eating without to skipping your meals.The low carb bread receipe and  also many pizzas  are low in carbohydrates about each piece contain 2 net carbs. So now you have to take a fast food without any fear to increase fat.