I would recommend this if you really want to find a bread substitute while following a low carb diet. It is tasty and not “diety”. However, if you just want to cut the calories I would stick to a natural low calorie bread such as rye.
I really wanted to try this bread after finding it on Amazon (in the UK). It had excellent reviews and made some impressive claims: 1g carb per slice and only 58 calories. As I am trying to follow a low carb diet 2 days a week – a low carb version of 5:2 – I thought it would help curb my bread cravings.
It was not cheap – £7.40 including shipping, although I believe it’s much cheaper if you buy in bulk. It made 12 slices so each tiny slice cost me 62p. I was happy to spend that as “research” but it’s extremely hard to justify buying something that expensive.
This bread comes as a packet mix and includes a foil tray to bake it in. My first surprise when I opened the packet was how small the foil tray is – it’s tiny. I quickly revised down the size of the bread I was baking. The method of baking was incredibly simple – mix with water, pour into tray and bake for 70 minutes. It worked well and I had a beautiful looking loaf of bread at the end of it.
After waiting an age for the bread to cool, I cut off a wafer thin slice of crust and tucked in. I really enjoyed it. It was nutty and tasty. Dense but as you’d expect from a seed bread. It also tasted natural.
The next thing I did was toasted it – this was a mistake I think. Although it toasted fine, I think it really didn’t help the taste. It tasted a lot sweeter and not quite as “normal”. I served it with scrambled eggs. Next time I will only eat it cold.
Following a tip I found online I decided to pre-slice the loaf and freeze it. I got 12 slices (weighing approximately 40g). Then I bagged it up and stuck it in the freezer. This way I won’t waste it and will only have a slice when I need it. After my experiences with toasting however I will make sure I remove it from the freezer an hour before I eat it and allow it to defrost at room temperature.
Is it natural?
As you can see this is a natural looking bread, containing loads of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The taste wasn’t half bad. But how did they make it so low in calories and carbs?
The answer is a type if new breed sweetener called Erythritol. I thought this was worth further investigating.
I tend to steer clear of sweeteners where possible. I wouldn’t want to bake with them because I don’t want to give them to my kids. I try to keep away from anything sweet on diet days and have a small amount of real sugar or honey on normal days.
Erythritol is one of those sweeteners that makes claims to be all natural. But as far as I can see it is not made in a particularly natural way. I did not however find any health issues associated with it – it seems to be very safe as sweeteners go. And the taste was not unpleasant, perhaps the most natural I have tasted (although remember I have only tasted it in bread) AND it has no aftertaste.
To find out more I found the following article very helpful:
So I’m sure I’ll enjoy eating the rest of this nice bread on my low carb days. Enjoying bread on a low carb day is something that is very hard to do. I really believe that this is the best low carb bread out there. BUT will I buy it again? The jury’s out on this one. It is just so expensive and I don’t like eating sweeteners, even good ones.