Dr Oz: Eat Bread & Still Lose Weight
Ever wished you could eat bread and still lose weight? You’re in luck! You don’t have to break up with bread, thanks to brand new breads on the market. Bread is the original comfort food and used to be the foundation of the food pyramid but it quickly got a bad rap when, as a nation, we began consuming far too many carbs.
Luckily, the food industry caught on and began creating healthier breads to appeal to consumers and their waist lines. But all those labels can be confusing. A trip down the bread aisle will cause your eyes to land on labels that say sprouted, coconut, spelt, tapioca, and levash, but how can you tell which ones are truly the healthiest, so you can eat your bread and still lose weight?
Dr Oz: What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Bread?
Dr Oz welcomed Amy and Ann, two women who adore bread, so much that they even wrote their own love letters to the food. Dr Oz told the women that there’s actually a scientific reason we love bread as much as we do. He explained that when you eat bread, it causes a sugar spike inside your body that helps insulin allow your body’s cells to use that sugar for energy. Those carbohydrates also trigger a “feel good response” because of dopamine, which temporarily soothes you and satisfies you. But then once that wears off, suddenly you’re hungry and irritable, only craving more bread. You end up training your body to crave more and more bread.
The trick is to find healthier breads that can give you those “happy moments” without the “unhappy times in between.” So what breads can you enjoy without experiencing that unhealthy roller coaster?
Dr Oz: Ezekiel Bread
Dr Oz welcomed paleo expert and naturopathic doctor Kellyann Petrucci to share some of her favorite, healthier breads. First, was Ezekiel bread made from sprouted grain, not flour. The grains help you digest the bread easier and avoid the bloating that may occur after eating flour-based breads. Plus it’s just 80 calories a slice so it makes for a great snack. Sprouted grain breads should be kept in the fridge or freezer. Dr Oz and his family actually eat Ezekiel bread in their home.
That being said, some people don’t like the taste of Ezekiel bread. Dr Kellyann suggested you top a slice of it with a soft cheese like Brie. If that still isn’t enough to get you to like it, try one of the breads on the following page…
Dr Oz: Coconut Bread & Tapioca Bread
Then, there’s coconut bread which is just 35 calories and 6 grams of carbs per slice. Dr Kellyann likes to use coconut bread for her French toast recipe, which you can find on the following page.
You can also try tapioca bread which tastes like regular white bread, but is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Even better, it’s a resistant starch so your body stores it differently than ordinary white bread. It also tastes the most like regular white bread!
Dr Oz: Coconut Bread French Toast With Raspberries Recipe
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- coconut oil spray
- 4 tsp cocoa powder
- 4 slices coconut bread
- 3 tbsp whole milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 C fresh raspberries
- In a shallow dish with a flat bottom, whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla
- Put the bread, one slice at a time, into the egg mixture to soak each side
- Spray the bottom of the medium skillet with coconut spray and put over medium-high heat
- When the pan is hot, put the soaked bread in a pan and drop the heat to medium
- Let cook until the egg mixture is set and the toast starts to turn golden
- Flip and repeat on the other side
- Place the toast on a plate then top with raspberries
- Put the cocoa in a fine mesh sieve and dust lightly with French toast
- Serve right away
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