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10 February 2009

Low-GI breads

If you're trying to balance your blood-sugar and energy levels, low-GI breads are the way to go. Here's a breakdown of a few popular brands that are available on SA shop shelves.

1

fine form Low GI Multi-Grain Brown Bread*
Cost R8.00 - R8.50
Weight/loaf 850g
Slices/loaf  
Per 100g Per 150g serving
Energy (kJ) 1055 1585
Protein (g)
9.7
14.5
Glycaemic carbohydrate (g) 38.2 57.2
Total fat (g)
of which trans fatty acids (g)
5.3
<0.03
7.9
<0.04
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
6.1
9.1
Sodium (mg) 366 549
Glycaemic Index Value <55
Ingredients Crushed wheat, linseed, soybean, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and oats
Claims Low GI
* Currently only available in the Western Cape.

  Woolworths Cholesterol-lowering Low-GI Soya & Linseed
Cost R11.95
Weight/loaf 800g
Slices/loaf 15
Weight of 2 slices 95g (one serving) Per 100g Per 95g serving
Energy (kJ) 1030 980
Protein (g)
of which soya protein (g)
12.0
6.5
11.4 (20%*)
6.2
Carbohydrate (g)
of which total sugars (g)
27.4
4.2
26.0
4.0
Total fat (g)
of which MUFA (g)
PUFA (g)
Saturated FAs (g)
Trans fatty acids
Omega-3 FAs (mg)
8.0
1.6
5.4
1.0
Trace
-**
7.6
1.5
5.2
0.9
Trace
-
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
of which soluble fibre (g)
insoluble fibre (g)
resistant starch (g)
7.9
1.5
5.7
0.7
7.5
1.4
5.4
0.7
Sodium (mg) 548 521
Allergens Wheat, gluten, soya
Ingredients Wheat flour, water, soya bean cuts (13%), linseeds (9%), yeast, soya bean protein concentrate, sugar, salt, soya flour.
Preservatives: calcium proionate & sodium diacetate
Claims Cholesterol lowering; Low GI; Slow-release energy; Supports blood circulation; GL = 15 per serving

  Woolworths Low-GI Seedloaf
Cost R10.95
Weight/loaf 800g
Slices/loaf 15
Weight of 2 slices 95g (one serving) Per 100g Per 95g serving
Energy (kJ) 975 925
Protein (g)
of which soya protein (g)
5.6
-
5.3 (10%)
-
Carbohydrate (g)
of which total sugars (g)
33.4
3.8
31.7
3.7
Total fat (g)
of which MUFA (g)
PUFA (g)
Saturated FAs (g)
Trans fatty acids
Omega-3 FAs (mg)
6.2
1.7
3.6
0.9
Trace
-
5.9
1.6
3.6
0.9
<0.1
-
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
of which soluble fibre (g)
insoluble fibre (g)
resistant starch (g)
10.4
2.8
6.7
0.8
9.9
2.7
6.4
0.8
Sodium (mg) 533 507
Allergens Wheat, gluten, soya
Ingredients Wheat flour, water, crushed wheat (7%), wheat bran (6%), linseeds (4%), soya bean cuts (3%), sunflower seeds & sesame seeds (3%), oats, yeast, sugar, salt, soya flour
Preservatives: calcium propionate & sodium diacetate
Claims Full for longer; Low GI; Slow-release energy; High in fibre; GL = 18 per serving

  Woolworths Low-GI Omega-3 Wholewheat
Cost R13.95
Weight/loaf 800g
Slices/loaf 15
Weight of 2 slices 95g (one serving) Per 100g Per 95g serving
Energy (kJ) 940 890
Protein (g)
of which soya protein (g)
8.5
-
8.1 (15%)
-
Carbohydrate (g)
of which total sugars (g)
36.6
4.5
34.8
4.2
Total fat (g)
of which MUFA (g)
PUFA (g)
Saturated FAs (g)
Trans fatty acids
Omega-3 FAs (mg)
3.0
0.7
1.7
0.6
Trace
141
2.8
0.6
1.7
0.5
Trace
134
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
of which soluble fibre (g)
insoluble fibre (g)
resistant starch (g)
7.6
5.7
0.9
1.0
7.2
5.4
0.9
1.0
Sodium (mg) 454 431
Allergens Wheat, gluten, soya, fish
Ingredients Wheat flour, water, pearled barley (7%), whole wheat (4%), soya bean cuts (4%), yeast, whole oats (3%), bran (3%), wheat germ (2%), crushed rye (1%), gluten, sugar, salt, soya flour, omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA)
Preservatives: calcium propionate & sodium diacetate
Claims Low GI; For your heart, Slow-release energy; Omega-3; GL = 19 per serving

  Albany Olde Cape Homestyle Low GI Brown Health Bread
Cost R8.89
Weight/loaf 700g
Slices/loaf 15
Weight of 2 slices 95g (one serving) Per 100g Per 95g serving
Energy (kJ) 945 832
Protein (g)
10.9
9.6 (17%)
Carbohydrate (g)
of which total sugars (g)
33.8
-
29.7
-
Total fat (g)
of which MUFA (g)
PUFA (g)
Saturated FAs (g)
Trans fatty acids
Omega-3 FAs (mg)
5.0
-
-
-
-
-
4.4
-
-
-
-
-
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
of which soluble fibre (g)
insoluble fibre (g)
resistant starch (g)
13.0
-
-
-
11.4
-
-
-
Sodium (mg) 437 385
Allergens Wheat, gluten, soya
Ingredients Wheat flour, water, crushed wheat, bran, linseed, veg fat, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, gluten, salt, sesame seeds, yeast, soya flour, cane sugar, preservative: calcium propionate, caramel powder, emulsifiers, improvers
Claims Gradual energy release (low GI), Oats, Linseed & Sunflower seeds, High fibre, Source of protein, Cholesterol free, Traditional wholesome taste

  SASKO Nature's Harvest Low GI Seeded Brown Loaf
Cost R9.39
Weight/loaf 800g
Slices/loaf 15
Weight of 2 slices 95g (one serving) Per 100g Per 95g serving
Energy (kJ) 990 940
Protein (g)
8.1
7.6 (14%)
Carbohydrate (g)
of which total sugars (g)
34.2
-
32.4
-
Total fat (g)
of which MUFA (g)
PUFA (g)
Saturated FAs (g)
Trans fatty acids
Omega-3 FAs (mg)
5.5
1.30
3.23
0.79
0.01
-
5.9
1.23
3.07
0.74
0.01
-
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
of which soluble fibre (g)
insoluble fibre (g)
resistant starch (g)
7.8
2.8
6.74
0.42
7.4
2.66
6.40
0.40
Sodium (mg) 474 450
Allergens Wheat, gluten, soya
Ingredients Brown bread wheat flour (gluten), water, crushed wheat (7%), linseeds (4%), de-hulled soybean cuts (3%), sunflower seed (1.5%), sesame seed (1.5%), de-hulled whole oats (1%), yeast, brown sugar, salt, soybean flour
Preservative: calcium propionate and/or sodium diacetate
Claims Low GI; Source of fibre; Suitable for strict vegetarians; Low in saturated fat & virtually free of trans fat; A virtually cholesterol-free food

  SASKO Daybreaker, Low GI True Whole Wheat Brown Loaf
Cost R7.89
Weight/loaf 700g
Slices/loaf 15
Weight of 2 slices 95g (one serving) Per 100g Per 95g serving
Energy (kJ) 985 750
Protein (g)
9.2
6.9 (12.5%)
Carbohydrate (g)
of which total sugars (g)
41.2
0.52
30.9
0.39
Total fat (g)
of which MUFA (g)
PUFA (g)
Saturated FAs (g)
Trans fatty acids
Omega-3 FAs (mg)
2.1
0.60
1.04
0.52
<0.10
-
1.6
0.45
0.78
0.39
<0.10
-
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0
Total dietary fibre (g)
of which soluble fibre (g)
insoluble fibre (g)
resistant starch (g)
6.3
0.83
5.07
0.42
7.2
0.62
3.80
0.32
Sodium (mg) 593 445
Allergens Wheat, gluten, soya
Ingredients Brown bread wheat flour (gluten), water, digestive bran (7.7%) (gluten), crushed wheat (5.7%) (gluten), yeast, wheat germ (1.4%) (gluten), salt, soy bean flour, brown sugar, preservatives: calcium propionate, emulsifiers (vegetable origin), flour improver & enzymes (non-animal origin)
Claims Low GI, Low fat, Source of dietary fibre, Suitable for vegetarians

Abbreviations:
MUFA = Monounsaturated fatty acids
PUFA = Polyunsaturated fatty acids
FAs = Fatty acids
GI = Glycaemic index
GL = Glycaemic load

* Percentage of Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for individuals 13 years and older.

** "-" is used where no values were indicated on labels.

NOTE THAT PRICES MAY CHANGE.

- (Health24, September 2008)

 
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