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Top 5 Low-Carb Bread Options

Fresh-baked bread is delicious but has no benefit while spiking your blood sugar; here are better options

There’s no denying that a freshly baked baguette or roll with butter will leave a delicious impact on your blood sugar. Traditional bread truly doesn’t have much to offer in terms of nutrition. For people with diabetes, there are thankfully more and more options these days to give you easy alternatives so you can still enjoy toast, sandwiches, burgers, and bagels!

Let’s take a look at 5 great options from the low-carb bread world these days:

The Great Low-Carb Bread Company

Net Carbs per slice: 1 to 3 grams

These are super low-carb and super soft with great flavor. This company offers bread, bagels, buns, and more! Do keep in mind that they contain a lot of fiber, and our stomach doesn’t necessarily ignore all dietary fiber as a potential source of starch. Instead, some small percentage of the high-fiber quantity in these products will affect your blood sugar. Take good notes on your experiments.

La Tortilla

Net Carbs per slice: 3 grams

The low-carb tortilla offering from La Tortilla is especially great because you’ll find it in most grocery stores near the deli which means it’s also more affordable than other specialty low-carb bread alternatives. These are soft, flavorful, and easy to pass for the starchy flour tortillas you’re used to. And of course, the essential test for a tortilla is that it doesn’t crack and crumble when you wrap it up around yummy ingredients — these don’t crack and crumble!

ThinSlim Bread

Net Carbs per slice: 0 grams

This company makes soft and fluffy bread, in a variety of flavors and types. The proposed net carb count is actually zero, so they are considered ideal for those on ketogenic diets. Do keep in mind though that they are big on the dietary fiber. Like the Great Low-Carb Bread Company, this large quantity of fiber can still affect your blood sugar because a small percentage of that fiber will be digested and broken down into some glucose. Keep an eye on your blood sugar and see how it affects you.

Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

Net Carbs per slice: 1 gram

These are probably the most unique option out there — and perhaps the healthiest. Instead of adding tons of fiber from grains, these are made primarily from cage-free eggs, cauliflower, and parmesan cheese! Naturally gluten-free, too! Because they don’t contain all that forced fiber, they’ll likely have little to no effect on your blood sugar compared to these other products. They don’t look like your usual sandwich bread, so that’s their biggest flaw…but one you might easily overlook after taking a bite

Ezekiel Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

Net Carbs per slice: 10 grams 

While this definitely isn’t the lowest-carb option on the market, it undeniably offers a tremendous amount of high-quality nutrition. We all need calories, right? This is a great bread to get real calories from — and it’s also more likely something you’d use for satisfying toast rather than a sandwich. Sprouted grains are great for your body’s digestive health, and should overall have a lesser impact on your blood sugar, too, compared to traditional grains. Their sprouted bread (which come in a few versions, including a gluten-free option), also comes with a rich, delicious flavor, unlike the heavily processed, fluffy white stuff! 

Replacing the bread in your life doesn’t mean you have to remove bread altogether. Stay open to experimenting and finding a worthy alternative that you enjoy!

Ginger Vieira has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1999, along with Celiac, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism. She is the author of several books: When I Go Low (for kids!), Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes, Dealing with Diabetes Burnout, Emotional Eating with Diabetes, Your Diabetes Science Experiment. Ginger has created content for a variety of websites, including Diabetes Strong, Diathrive, MySugr, DiabetesMine, Healthline, and her YouTube Channel. Today, she is the Digital Content Manager for Beyond Type 1 & Beyond Type 2. Her background includes a B.S. in Professional Writing, certifications in cognitive coaching, Ashtanga yoga, and personal training with several records in drug-free powerlifting. She lives in Vermont with two kiddos, her handsome fella, and their amazing dog, Pedro.

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