I would also like to know how much sugar or carbs certain breads add to the diet. Or better yet what breads are diet friendly when watching your blood sugar, and gluten sensitivity is an issue?

Breads can vary greatly when it comes to how many carbohydrates they contribute to diet. A standard slice of bread will provide around 12-15 grams of carbohydrate. However, some brands may provide in upwards of 30 grams per slice (and some “light” breads may only contain 9 grams). Gluten sensitivity is a term used to describe unhealthy responses to eating wheat, barley, and rye. Oats used to be considered a problem if you are sensitive to gluten, but more recently many GI doctors have been deemed “safe”. However, there are times that the manufacturing process of oats may lead to cross contamination with wheat products, which may make them difficult to digest. Speak with your doctor for more information. If you have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivities, become familiar with bread products that do not contain gluten. Choose gluten-free foods such as: rice, corn, potato, soybeans, millet, buckwheat, carob, amaranth, quinoa, arrowroot, and tapioca. I would recommend looking online for resources and ideas for gluten free bread products. Try http://www.csaceliacs.org or www.celiac.com . Also, there are several large supermarket chains that have registered dietitians on staff who have created an online gluten free product listing (http://www.meijermealbox.com). When choosing gluten free breads, make sure you are paying special attention to calories, serving sizes, and carbohydrate content per slice. It may be helpful to meet with a registered dietitian to determine your individual carbohydrate goals for the day. She can help you determine how many servings of gluten free bread products to aim for a day.

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