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Old 07-07-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Bread substitutes and Bran issue

Does anyone know of a way to get bran without the carbs? I am supposed to have bran due to my serious high risk of colon cancer plus my IBS.

Yet I am in the early stage of Type 2 Diabetes so starch is bad

And yes it was the starch that did me in, I have never been much of a sweets eater (though chocolate is my weakness), I knew with family history of diabetes I needed to watch sugar. BUT I am very poor in income and have had a lot of starch in the diet lately, and that is what led me to getting the big D.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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Also any ideas for low carb bread substitutes I would really love to find a low carb high fiber sourdough bread alternative

Ok maybe I am dreaming for the impossible :P
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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well I just avoid bread altogether because I haven't found a palatable one -well that and I know i'd have no self control for bread

as for the Bran - they only recommend that as it's an easy form of fiber, relatively cheap and most people like it. But most fiberous foods will work in place of bran. Spinach, celery, broccoli are good sources that are low carb. You can also use a fiber supplement in some recipes to add bulk, etc. If you can tolerate a little fruit rasberries have a fair amount of fiber.

Skinny Crisps (yummy btw) use psyllium husks (fiber supplement) in their crackers. That's just one example I can think of off hand. You might try going to the recipe forum and ask if someone has some high fiber recipes.

The most important thing is to make sure most of what you eat includes fiber rich foods (veggies mostly).
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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I found flax seed (minute muffins) worked much better than bran and for far less carbs. I never bothered with the bread substitutes but instead made oopsie rolls when I wanted 'bread'. For pizza, I made a dough with mozzarella cheese, coconut and almond flours.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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You might want to take a look at the Thinslim breads netrition sells. I've also purchased the Ciao Carb toast, it's fairly high fiber. Oat fiber can make a nice addition to baked goods, but I've not mastered the art of using it. Good luck!
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:31 AM   #6
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If anyone finds a "low carb" sour dough bread that tastes good let me know. I'd be all over it! I crave grilled cheese on sourdough! That is the one item I really miss but have no control so I have to stay away completely.
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Avocados have quite a bit of fiber, too.
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I used to have IBS but it has been cured by eating low carb, low fiber. Fiber really isn't the cure-all. In fact, it is an irritant to the digestive tract. Google "Eades fiber" and read his blog post titled "A cautionary tale of mucus fore and aft". Several of the other hits you will get when you google that are good to read as well.
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I used to have IBS but it has been cured by eating low carb, low fiber. Fiber really isn't the cure-all. In fact, it is an irritant to the digestive tract. Google "Eades fiber" and read his blog post titled "A cautionary tale of mucus fore and aft". Several of the other hits you will get when you google that are good to read as well.
An interesting read, as I've been having some IBS-like symptoms lately (although more on the...blocked up side. Sorry for TMI!). I eat low carb but by way of LOTS of fiber (naturally through flax, veggies, & a few other things I'll give a pass like inulin, etc), but I have to say that anyone who decries an entire food substance (like the necessity/usefulness of ANY fiber at all) has me skeptical. Too much of anything is bad. A bunch of big ole pills solely containing fiber taken all the time would definitely be bad. Especially in lieu of the benefits eating real food containing fiber might include, say like spinach.

I also see that many people in these articles are discussing an increase of fiber intake through high-carb foods like whole grains and apples, which I do frankly think are the real issue there - or at least far more than the fiber in them. Just my 2 cents!
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I didn't know that about avocado, I am happy to hear they are a good source of fiber.
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