"Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…" Ezekiel 4:9
This is the biblical scripture, and also the premise that Food for Life’s Ezekiel bread was created upon, with a focus on nutrition, health, and truly natural ingredients. Founded in 1964 in a Glendale, CA health food store, Ezekiel Bread is made with organic sprouted, or “live,” grains, as opposed to milled or dry grains, making it higher in protein and lower in sugars and carbohydrates.
In addition to breads, Food For Life makes everything from English muffins to tortillas to cereal to pasta. Ezekiel 4:9 bread is kosher, vegan, and GMO free, as well as having many other health benefits that make it both delicious, and nutritious.
The Health Benefits of Ezekiel Bread
Ezekiel bread not only comes in a range of flavors, but it also has health benefits that other non-sprouted grain breads do not:
• Due to the combination of grains and legumes, the bread is said to form a complete protein, such as occurs with beans or rice. This breaks the carbohydrates down more slowly, making it easier to digest, and providing a source of sustained energy.
• They do not put any corn sweeteners, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or added fats into their bread. It is also low in sodium, making it safe for a heart-healthy diet.
• It is flourless, and made from whole grains, making it more satisfying, and easier on your waistline.
• The sprouting process of the grains increases their digestive enzymes.
• The grains present convert in the body to Maltose, which is the slowest sugar to absorb.
• It is higher in Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and fiber due to the sprouting process.
Is it Safe for Diabetics?
Food for Life breads are low on the glycemic index, which makes them a good choice for people who have type 2 diabetes. The glycemic index, or GI, is an indicator of how quickly carbohydrates break down into simple sugars after you consume them. Because Ezekiel bread has a low glycemic index, it breaks down slowly in your body and releases sugar gradually into your bloodstream, so you'll get a sustained increase in blood sugar that will fuel your body long after your meal.
Ezekiel bread also contains more protein that most other breads. It contains 18 amino acids--9 of which are essential to the body in nutrient storage. Because of its low-GI and high protein properties, Ezekiel bread is a healthy choice for everyone, and safe for those on a diabetic or pre-diabetic diet.
Is Ezekiel Bread Gluten Free?
While Food for Life does make gluten free products, Ezekiel bread is not one of them. If you have celiac disease, it is recommended that you try one of their other products that are safe for those conditions. Just because it is flourless doesn’t mean it is gluten-free. The bread contains barley, wheat, and rye, which are all whole grains that contain gluten.
Some people with mild gluten intolerance, however, may be able to digest sprouted bread, such as Ezekiel. There are enzymes present that occur during the sprouting process that may be easier on your stomach.
Basic Nutrition Facts for 1 Slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Bread
Calories per slice: 80
Total Fat: 0.5 g (contains no saturated fat or trans fat)
Sodium: 75 mg
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 4.8 g
Amino Acids: all 9 essential amino acids
Ezekiel 4:9 bread is available in a variety of flavors in:
• English Muffins