18 Benefits Of Eating Ezekiel Bread

Ezekiel bread has more minerals, fiber, and protein than a loaf of traditional bread. Ezekiel bread is made from four grain types (wheat, millet, barley, and spelt) as well as 2 legumes (soybeans and lentils), that are allowed to sprout before they are processed for breadmaking.

Ezekiel bread and other types of “sprouted bread”  contain endosperm as well as bran and germ. However, a typical traditional bread contains only endosperm as bran and germ are removed during processing.

Below are various benefits of Ezekiel bread;

1. Nutrient Dense


Ezekiel bread is whole grain bread made from sprouted legumes which are packed with vital nutrients the body needs to keep healthy. Sprouting is the natural process of germination which retains all nutrients as opposed to refined bread that has low nutrient levels as most of them are stripped off during the processing. Ezekiel bread contains, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, phosphorus, proteins and amino acids with a little sodium and traces of fat, making it a complete meal.
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2. Healthy Muscle Growth


If you want to gain weight the healthy way or build muscles, Ezekiel bread is what you should eat. Ezekiel bread is a good source of protein which has bodybuilding properties. There are 4g of protein per slice of 34g. Ezekiel bread has all 9 essential amino acids and 9 other amino acids totaling to 18 amino acids. Regular intake of Ezekiel bread promotes muscle growth making it a good way to gain healthy mass. It also promotes growth in children in a healthy way.

3. No Added Sugar


The dangers of excess sugar in the body cannot be overemphasized. Ezekiel bread has no added sugar or sweeteners like honey, date or high fructose corn syrups making it ideal for managing type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and Hypoglycemia. Being sugar-free, it helps maintain low blood sugar levels in the body and cuts down sugar spikes in the bloodstream.

4. Reduces Belly Fat


No one likes belly fat. It is unsightly and a sign of bad health. Increased sugar intake increases belly fat. This makes Ezekiel bread an effective way to achieve a trim waist as it has zero sugar.

5. Boosts Immunity


Millet, a major ingredient in Ezekiel bread has numerous health benefits. It contains antioxidants that ward off diseases keeping your immune system on high alert. Spelt is another ingredient in Ezekiel bread that is known to boost immunity.

6. Promotes A Healthy Gut


Keep constipation and bloating at bay by eating Ezekiel bread. It is made with barley as a bulking agent. Barley acts as roughage by initiating regular bowel movements. This helps in eliminating waste and promoting a healthy gut. The sprouting process is also known to increase digestive enzymes.

7. A Source Of Magnesium


Magnesium has a long list of benefits among them includes; maintaining steady heart rhythm, proper nerve functioning and regularizing blood pressure. Soy, an active ingredient in Ezekiel bread, is a good source of the much-needed magnesium.

8. Helps Lower Cancer Risk


Health conscious people are moving towards organic natural foods. Ezekiel bread is an all organic, all natural food; what every nutritionist and dietitian is recommending. It has no dyes, flavors, preservatives or shortenings. Such additives are known to increase the risk of cancer. A research study in the UK also found that eating natural, fiber-filled food like Ezekiel bread reduces the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women.

9. Strong Bone Formation


Spelt, an ancient grain found in Ezekiel bread, is known for being high in copper, iron, and manganese. These help in developing strong bones, promoting tissue growth and aiding in circulation.

10. Lowers Cholesterol Levels And Blood Pressure


Ezekiel bread is high in dietary fiber. Dietary fiber binds bile acids that are excreted with fats and cholesterol as fecal matter. The more the fiber, the more the bile acids and the more fat and cholesterol leave the body. Barley, a major ingredient of Ezekiel bread, has a soluble fiber known as beta-glucan. This soluble fiber has been found by many researchers to reduce not only the cholesterol level but bad cholesterol LDL. Ezekiel bread also lowers the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) as it is very low on sodium; about 75 milligrams only

11. Minimizes Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease


A lower blood pressure, low cholesterol levels, aided blood circulation, as well as low blood sugar and fat levels all, promote a happy, healthy heart reducing the chances of heart failure and other cardiac problems. Ezekiel bread promotes all of the above.

12. Stimulates Liver Functions


Liver functions best with low sugar, low fat, high fiber diet, something you can not get from refined foods. Ezekiel bread provides an optimum condition for the liver to fully neutralize toxins in our bodies. It also helps in reversing fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis) normally caused by obesity, high-fat levels in the blood and diabetes.

13. Sustained Energy

Ezekiel bread is easy on the digestive system creating a suitable condition for slower and maximum absorption of nutrients. Increased metabolism increases the body’s energy levels. The body therefore gets and utilizes all nutrients needed. The high fiber content also keeps one satisfied and energized for long.

14. Reduced Risk Of Obesity


Obesity is one of the leading lifestyle diseases, especially in young people. The number one cause of obesity is over-eating and it can be worse if its high carbohydrates and fatty foods. Eating Ezekiel bread keeps you feeling full for a long time reducing hunger and the need to constantly eat to fill yourself up. It is also very low in fat- about 0.5g per slice and low in carbohydrates compared to white bread.

15. Healthy Skin


Ezekiel bread is full of vitamin E. Vitamin E is well known for its skin nourishing, healing and moisturizing properties. A few slices a day would give you a good dose of this vitamin leading to clean, clear, and youthful skin. It also keeps off skin conditions such as acne, rash, and inflammation.

16. Improved Oral Health


Eat a good serving of Ezekiel bread every day for a healthy smile. Phosphorus-rich Ezekiel bread not only works with calcium to strengthen bones, it also improves oral health. Phosphorus improves the strength of teeth too and keeps the tooth enamel and gums healthy.

17. For Good Memory

Ezekiel bread has thiamine which is associated with alertness, a longer attention span, and good memory which in turn promotes learning. Thiamine is also known to improve sleep and to wake you up in a good mood. Just the perfect meal to start your day.

18. Rich Flavor

Due to its combination of grains, Ezekiel bread has a sweet nutty flavor thanks to Spelt, making it tasty on its own and does not need additional spread that are probably high in saturated fats.

 

Word Of Caution
It is worthy to note that Ezekiel bread contains gluten albeit in lower levels. As such, it should not be considered as a safe alternative for people avoiding gluten due to gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, or celiac disease.

 

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