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This Low Carb Bread Is My Morning Go-To

April 24, 2024
Courtesy of Base Culture

One thing about going low carb is that it can make mornings a little more complicated. Though I’ve mastered the art of low carb pancakes, love a savory egg-based breakfast, and often make chia pudding for meal prep, sometimes you just want a nice piece of toast. Luckily, I’ve found a low carb bread that toasts beautifully, has just a few wholesome ingredients, lasts forever in the freezer, and, most importantly, tastes great. Plus, it also happens to be grain- and gluten-free.

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What do we mean by low carb bread?

Just so we’re all on the same page, looking at several brands of whole wheat bread, a typical slice has between 12 and 20 grams of carbs and 2 to 3 grams of fiber. By comparison, the loaf I love, Base Culture Bread, which is now always in my freezer, has 8 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber. Assuming you eat 2 slices at a time, that’s saving at least 8 and up to 24 grams of extra carbs, and gaining at least 2 and up to 4 grams of fiber.

What makes this low carb bread special

There are several things to love about Base Culture bread:

  • It tastes great. This is a must for any food product we recommend. My favorites are the Original Keto Bread and the 7 Nut & Seed Bread. (Note: I’m referring to the brand’s frozen breads, not the shelf stable ones, which I haven’t tried yet.) They both have a mild flavor, similar to regular bread.
  • It toasts beautifully. I’ve had low carb breads that were crumbly, and others that just didn’t feel like real bread. Not this one; I toast it like any other bread, and it’s satisfyingly crisp and chewy.
  • It works in many applications. I’ve made sandwiches, French toast, eggs in a hole, and croutons with it, all with great success.
  • It has really good ingredients. Base Culture bread has just a few ingredients, all of which are recognizable: Eggs, almond butter, flaxseed meal, arrowroot, psyllium husk, almond flour, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and baking soda. The end. No weird starches or other fillers.
  • It’s gluten free. If you’re gluten free, you know how many disappointing breads there are on the market. This one will restore your faith. Base Culture also happens to be grain free.

You asked: Can you buy bread without carbs?

I’ve seen lower carb breads on the market, but they tend to contain highly processed modified starches, stabilizers, and low-quality vegetable oils. Plus, you have to be careful that the bread actually has zero carbs, not zero net carbs — net carbs are what’s left after you subtract the fiber, with the idea that the carbs from fiber don’t affect the body the same way. But this is a controversial notion, and the practice of counting net carbs is not recognized by organizations like the FDA or the American Diabetes Association.

There are also tons of recipes online for things like cloud bread, which is made from just eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and seasonings. Though cloud bread has its place, it’s definitely not like traditional bread. You can’t really toast it and it’s good for some applications, but not for others (I can’t see making French toast or croutons with it, or a pick-up-with-your-hands sandwich). 

Unless you’re on a keto diet for a medical reason and really limited in the carbs you can eat, a low carb bread like Base Culture is a better choice. It tastes better, and it performs like regular bread.

Fair warnings

Since nothing is 100% perfect, here are a few potential cons about this bread:

  • Some are better than others. Personally, I found the Base Culture Soft Sandwich Bread too sweet, and I didn’t care for the sourdough or cinnamon raisin, either. Your mileage may vary.
  • It’s pricey. Of course, those high-quality ingredients are going to cost more. A loaf is around $10.
  • It’s not in every market. Though I’m seeing it in more stores here in New York City, it may not be as easy to find where you are. Of course, you can order it online, and it’s available at Whole Foods.

Read next: 14 Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes That Are Packed with Nutrients

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