Protein bread, properties and benefits

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Robert Maurer

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It might seem a nutritional contradiction: the bread has always been considered source of carbohydrates, with all the implications that this entails in the correct budget of a meal or snack.

Ma, si sa, research and culinary creativity have no limits and now we have (almost all) a type of available both in large-scale distribution and in the local baker special bread, suitable for certain diets ... or for curious gluttons. This is protein bread: let's see its properties and benefits together in brief.


Protein bread: nutritional properties

Protein bread is made with a mixture of seed and legume flours, such as sesame seeds, flax, pumpkin, soy, with the addition of very little cereal flour such as oats, as well as sunflower oil, in some cases soy milk and yeast.

From nutritional point of view, these are the properties of protein bread, considering an average of the products currently on the market; in 100 grams of protein bread are therefore contained:

> 253 calories approx;
> 16 g of fat;
> 7,5 g of carbohydrates;
> 20 g of protein.


To better appreciate the differences with common bread, we remind you that 100 grams contain:

> from 3 to 10 g of protein;
> between 50 and 90 g of carbohydrates;
> a caloric intake between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the type of flour used.


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Protein bread: the benefits

The "bread purists", including my father baker (Mr. Farina ... nomen omen), will be wondering why make a bread that has the same proteins as a steak.

I hear their objections: "Why don't you eat some eggs directly, or some legumes?". Very true and legitimate.

However, there are different health situations, in which the carbohydrate consumption goes drastically decreased, and a protein bread could satisfy the palate without damaging the diet prescribed by the doctor. Here are some examples:

> Some neurological pathologies;
> on diabetes type 2;
> diseases affecting the carbohydrate metabolism, eg the GLUT1 deficiency syndrome;
> some special food routes (for example the chetogenic diet);

Even for those who are not "on a diet", many can benefit greatly from the use of protein bread, here are some categories of people:

> The Sports who want to increase the protein quota for activity recovery and muscle mass;
> who is attentive to the consumption of fibers, since protein bread is particularly rich in it;
> who needs maintaining a correct body weight, as the proteins - contained in protein bread in large quantities - promote satiety;

There are few warnings and possible contraindications, but we always recommend the doctor's opinion in particular situations:

> protein bread may not be suitable for the diet of those suffering from celiac disease because it contains wheat and gluten;
> pay attention to allergies: protein bread may contain soy and traces of dried fruit or sesame;
> in some situations an excess of proteins not correctly balanced in a meal plan could have negative results for health, for example in cases of severe kidney problems or other metabolic diseases which ones phenylchetonuria, cases in which protein bread is absolutely not recommended.


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