If you are trying to eat healthier, you might decide that bread isn’t the best thing for your diet. But perhaps you wonder if Ezekiel 4:9 bread by the brand Food for Life would be a good swap for the slices currently on your kitchen counter. The bread has gained a reputation as one of the healthiest options on grocery store shelves, and it can even fit into a low-carb diet.
With an Old Testament Bible verse as a name, it certainly sounds clean and pure, but it is really good for you? Healthline set out to answer that question and declared it “better than 99% of the breads on store shelves” since most bread options have plenty of sugar and refined grains.
Let’s start at the beginning of the brand.
A man named Max Torres worked at a natural foods store in the 1960s and became engrossed in learning about the connection between what you eat and good health. He developed Ezekiel 4:9 bread based on the Bible verse, which begins, “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.”
Torres’s company, which he named Food for Life, began baking the bread with a combination of six sprouted grains and legumes, which are also organic and GMO-free — as stated in this tweet.
Food you can trust. We use only freshly sprouted, certified organic grains in our products and no GMOs. pic.twitter.com/0j0z6Zmmar
— Food For Life Baking (@Food_For_Life) November 18, 2020
Ezekiel bread is made from sprouted grains. Sprouting breaks down starches into simple sugars, which are easier for the body to digest. It also breaks down enzyme inhibitors, helping your body absorb minerals. Ezekiel 4:9 bread is high in vitamins C, B2, B5 and B6, as well as fiber.
The bread is lower in carbs than traditional loaves and has no added sugar. It’s also vegan — no eggs, milk or honey.
Try topping your avocado toast with some homemade cashew cheese for something different this #ToastTuesday.
📷: @eatingwith_lia pic.twitter.com/fxGaPaBRqQ
— Food For Life Baking (@Food_For_Life) December 1, 2020
Food for Life has a complete line of Ezekiel 4:9 products, including breads, English muffins, tortillas, waffles, pitas, cereal and pasta.
It is important to note that Ezekiel 4:9 bread is not gluten-free, as wheat, barley and spelt all contain gluten. However, if you don’t have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, this bread provides numerous health benefits that could make it a nutritious, guilt-free addition to your diet.
Some baking enthusiasts have even taken to making their own versions of Ezekiel bread at home, sprouting their own grains and creating their own twists, like this cinnamon-raisin sprouted bread from Wholehearted Eats. Sophie’s instructions show that sprouting your own grains isn’t difficult — it just takes a little bit of time.