Bread is the new smoking just like sitting held last year’s label as the new smoking. Check out books such as Bread Is The Devil | Amazon.com and Amazon.com: Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet can Save Your Life, and Wheat Belly Book | Amazon.com. Drop the bread and you’ll lose the belly fat, say some of these books.
Bread Is The Devil has received many five-star reviews on Amazon.com. There’s a movement in Sacramento and nationally to cut down on bread main from grains such as wheat, rice, and rye and substitute flat breads and wraps made from ground seeds, nuts, legumes, beans, or coconut flour.
You’ll get a smaller waistline, even if your body shape is to gain weight in your abdomen rather than on your hips and thighs. You’ve heard the adage, “The whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead.”
The same could apply these days to “Whole wheat bread raises your blood sugar as much as six teaspoons of sugar.” Check out the site, The Heart Scan Blog | Measure, track, and reduce coronary plaque.
Tropical countries and islands such as Puerto Rico and Pacific Island often make bread from ground roots. See, Breadfruit and How to Make Cassava Snacks. You have tropical parts of the world using various roots ground and pounded into a type of flat bread such as taro root bread. See, Taro Root. Curried taro root is eaten in India and in Hawaii. See, Curried Taro, Yam, Breadfruit Recipe – Food.com – 455171.
Check out the Orange Cream Cookies recipe at the site, Orange Cream Cookies. Ingredients at the site you’ll see contain no grains. The cookies are made from almond meal and coconut flour, sweetened with raisins and pecans. The site recommends to use a sweetener instead of sugar.
You could use a pinch of stevia. But when we made these cookies this morning the raisins were so sweet, we didn’t need to add any sweetener beyond the dried fruit which was sweet enough for us. Other ingredients include an egg.
Note that vegans can substitute a tablespoon of flax seed meal for one egg in baking any type of cookie or brownie. The oil in the recipe mentioned coconut oil.
In the recipe you have a choice of coconut milk or dairy (whipping cream). Since we don’t like to add dairy products to baked goods due to a specific sensitivity response to dairy items, we would choose coconut milk or almond milk over whipping cream.
See, Harm of milk – summary of scientific studies linking milk to asthma. It’s your personal choice. Some people have the genetic signature for dairy items. Check out the site, Orange Cream Cookies for the recipe and baking instructions.
We enjoy sweetening baked goods just with orange juice, goji berries, or raisins. But if you have a sweet tooth, perhaps stevia in tiny amounts would sweeten a cookie more than raisins.
Health benefits to flat breads and wraps made from ground seeds and nuts or coconut flour in small amounts
There are other health benefits to eating meals without the usual bread you see in stores made from grains, salt, oils, and sweeteners or fruit juices. You can eat crackers made from seeds, nuts, or ground up legumes and beans, just not from wheat or other grains containing gluten. Just don’t eat white rice.
Countries that have a high white rice consumption per person have the highest diabetes rates in the world. Examples would be China and India. What country eats brown rice with the fiber and vitamin B left on the grain? Not many countries. See, Eating Brown Rice to Cut Diabetes Risk – NYTimes.com.
Commercial brown rice bread that you buy in most Sacramento supermarkets is sweetened with fruit juice and other additives to make it taste more like cake. That’s to bring you back to the sweet taste to buy more of bread that tastes more like rice and fruit than a savory loaf of bread. And commercial bread made from other grains or soy usually contains too much salt put in to preserve shelf life.
If you’re on a low-sodium diet, make your own bread without added salt, fruit juices, or sugar. Just add vegetables such as onions, garlic, squash, carrots, or spices of your choice. You can even add eggs to bread. Or if you’re vegan, make flat bread from flax seed meal, grated vegetables, and liquid such as almond milk, broth, or water. Spice and add herbs such as dill to add flavor.
Eggplant-carrot-squash-pumpkin bread without added sugar, salt, wheat flour, or baking powder. Note this is a flatbread and is not leavened. You need to spread the batter thin over a wide area on a glass or metal cookie sheet not in a deep baking pan. The bread should be flat, about 1/2 inch high ot less, like a wrap, flat bread, or cracker.
Why develop a huge wheat belly when you can enjoy carrot-eggplant bread without adding salt, baking powder, sugar, or flour. Don’t be fooled by traditional newspaper recipes that call for one or two cups of sugar or sugar-derivatives.
You can sweeten with a pinch of stevia or a mashed banana or dried fruit, if you want sweet instead of savory. You don’t need to add salt to bread that’s usually put in to preserve it on the shelf.
For folks on low sodium diets and low sugar diets, you can make great bread by baking it longer instead of adding leavening. This is a slightly flat bread. Note: If you’re grain-free, use just the garbanzo bean flour and coconut flour instead of the grain-based flours.
- 3 cups garbanzo bean flour
- 1/4 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup flax seed meal
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, pureed cashews, melted coconut oil, or macademia nut oil.
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tsp vanilla, mint, rum, or almond flavoring
- 1 cup chopped eggplant
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow squash, acorn squash, or peeled banana squash.
- 1 cup carrot, grated (approximately 2 carrots)
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil two large cookie sheets. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat the oil, water, vanilla and eggs. Next, incorporate the flour mixture.
Stir in the eggplant, squash, pumpkin, carrot and walnuts. Divide batter into the cookie sheets and spread out thin since the bread is not leavened and should look more like a cookie or cracker.
Bake for 40 minutes to an hour or less or until a fork, chopstick, or other long stick can be inserted and removed clean or until the bread is firm to the touch and not watery inside. Don’t use a toothpick because it is small enough to lodge into the bread and remain unseen there by people who are distracted by phone calls or other interruptions while baking.