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To beat your diabetes you need to eat food that is low in sugar low in fat low in salt high in fibre and has low GI values ie it releases glucose into your bloodstream relatively slowly. Some kinds of bread fit this bill; others do not. Bread is made from flour ie grain that has been ground into powder. Common wheat is usually used because its flour has high levels of gluten which gives the dough sponginess and elasticity. But bread is also made from other species of wheat (eg durum and spelt) and other grains such as rye barley corn (maize) and oats. The non-wheat grains usually have wheat flour mixed into the flour. The quality of bread depends largely on the protein content of the flour. The best breads use flour with 12 to 14% protein rather than all-purpose wheat flour which only contains 9 to 12% protein.
You also need to avoid breads made with shortening unless the fat content is less than 3% by weight as well as all fried breads such as Indian puri. This still leaves you with plenty of breads you can eat and still beat your diabetes. Breads diabetics can eat Whole-grain breads usually have low GI values (less than 56). Regular whole-grain bread has a GI value of about 51 while the rating for pumpernickel is about 50. Barley bread (if you can find it) is very dense and has a GI value of about 34 while wheat tortillas have a rating of about 30. Thus as a diabetic you can eat most wholemeal breads rye breads and crisp breads made from rye. You can also eat unleavened flatbreads such as whole-wheat Indian breads like roti and chapatti though you need to check the salt and fat content.
Choose Recipes Carefully. Not every recipe will work correctly in a bread maker. Fortunately a quick Internet search is all it takes to find bread recipes that have been modified for use in bread makers. You can also find ready-made mixes especially made for bread machines. These mixes are convenient affordable and almost impossible to screw up. Don t Leave Bread In the Machine for Too Long. Homemade bread is the best when it s still warm. Some machines can keep bread warm long after it has finished baking. However bread left in the machine for too long could end up being soggy and not a lot of fun to eat. Make the Bread Easy To Remove. Thoroughly spray the inside of the machine with cooking spray before adding the ingredients. This will make the bread easier to remove after baking.
You can even find larger machines that make 2-pound loaves. But keep this in mind. Homemade bread has no preservatives and will go stale faster than store-bought bread. Will your family be able to eat a 2-pound loaf of bread before it goes stale? If not stick with the 1-pound loaf bread machine. Do You Need a Machine with a Timer? Some bread machines come with delay timers so you can set the bread maker to start at a certain time. Using a timer you can set the machine to start while you re asleep or out shopping. If you time it right your bread can finish baking just as you arrive home from work. And what can be better after a hard day at work than a slice of warm freshly-baked bread? Getting the Most Out of Your Machine Yes bread machines are nearly fool-proof. But there are things you can do to get the best results possible from your machine.