Naturally-Leavened Breads and Agave sweetener

By TheBigKahuna Latest Reply 2008-07-02 13:00:11 -0500
Started 2008-06-30 06:19:39 -0500

My mother was diagnosed as pre-diabetic 4 months ago and is working hard to change her eating habits of the last 60+ years. One of her main frustrations is variety with her food. Well, over the weekend I went the the Lavender Days festival in Mona, Utah and enjoyed listening to a presentation on artisan breads. Does anyone here eat naturally-leavened breads or does it still affect blood sugar levels too much?

One of the benefits mentioned about the naturally-leavened bread versus bread using commercial yeast was significantly lower numbers on the Glycemic Index. I don't know the accuracy of the numbers in the presentation but they said bread using commercial yeast will have a GI number of 100 whereas naturally-leavened bread will have a GI number of 68. Naturally-leavened breads take 10-12 hours to prepare versus 90 minutes, so supposedly the bacteria eat a lot more of the carbs out of the flour. It is an interesting concept.

On a side note, the festival also had a presentation on Agave as a sweetener. The caramels and toffee made from Agave were surprisingly delicious. Anyone use it frequently?

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JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-30 09:27:53 -0500 Report

I just started using agave in my coffee and it's good. I don't notice any change in blood sugar either from it.!! Yeah!!
I've never heard of the naturally leavened breads but I'd be curious to find out about it. I use the glycemic index a lot, just have to remember that even thought it's low (
*Judy (JP)

Elfin 2008-07-02 13:00:11 -0500 Report

Never heard of Agave for sweetening. Can you find it at health food stores like GNC? Stevia is also a good sweetener though expensive.

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