Friday, August 8, 2008

Let's Compare...Breads

I put together a few breads and tortillas to compare the carbohydrate content of each. I used very basic brands and types figuring that most people could find these in any grocery store. There are many other options out there as far as brands, types, flavors etc...but this is a good jumping off point.
Whole Grain Wheat Bread- 13 grams of carbs per slice= roughly 2 carb blocks per slice
Whole Wheat Pita- 15 grams of carbs per pocket= 2 blocks carbs per pocket/ 1 block per 1/2
Whole Wheat English Muffin- 22 grams carbs per muffin= roughly 2 blocks per muffin/ 1 block per 1/2
Corn Tortillas- 19 grams of carbs per 2 tortillas= 1 block carb per tortilla
Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas- 10 grams of carb per tortilla= 1 block carb per tortilla.
Make sure you are subtracting the dietary fiber content from the carbohydrate grams to get the accurate carb content. Bread has gotten a bit of a bad wrap in the Zone world. It is not the enemy if you choose wisely. I would love to hear about any good finds you have made!
Post thoughts to comments.


Abhishek Tiwari said...


Could you mention the brands you used here? In my experience the carb contents of a simple whole wheat pita can differ from brand to brand.

Also what are your thoughts on the low carb tortillas?

Anonymous said...

I think I have mentioned this before, but I found Orowheat Light, and although the pieces are smaller, two pieces is 1 carb b/c of the high fiber.

Milton's is another that 1 slice is 1 carb, and it is bigger.

Also, Trader Joes has a few protein and fiber packed breads.

If you get the MISSION low carb tortillas, they are so much better than the others that I have tried which are rubbery. The consistency is fluffier and not so dense. Safeway definitely carries them, but not Deluxe.

michele said...

I use the Mission Carb Balance tortillas which I love! Whitney is right...they have really good consistency. Some others can be really rubbery. The English muffins are Orowheat and the best pita bread I have found is Sara Lee, but Traders are pretty good too.
Whitney- i do remember you mentioning the Orowheat Light. I will give it a try!

Anonymous said...

i found 3 types of bread that are 1 block carb...miltons, sesame ezekial. and double fiber orowheat...could be wrong on exact names...get back to you. love this site!!!!!!!!!!!!

caitlin said...

okay here's the dealy-o....ezekiel sesame, orowheat double fiber, and milton's whole grain plus all have 11gr carb and 4gr protein....yeah!

Anonymous said...

"Bad wrap"! Nice!

Anonymous said...

Just found a great great great Pita today:

Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Pita Bread:
NO Trans Fats
NO Cholesterol
High Protein
Reduced Carb

1 Pita =
Calories: 60
Total Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 300mg
Total Carbs: 8g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Protein: 6g

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