The 'life changing loaf of bread': good or bad?
You may have heard of My New Roots life changing loaf of bread (LCLB). There’s a whole lot of hype around the recipe and assumptions made about its health qualities, which may not be entirely realistic. So exactly how healthy is the life changing loaf of bread?
- It’s a clever little recipe. No yeast, no kneading or double proving, flouring bread boards and mess. Instead you just mix the ingredients together in a loaf tin, leave it for two hours and then bake. Simple with minimal washing up.
- It contains a far greater range of ingredients than your average loaf of bread, including different nuts and seeds and rolled oats. Given variety is a key healthy eating principle, eating this “bread” is giving you a broad range of foods in each slice.
- Nuts and seeds are fantastic foods, full of vitamins and minerals. Regularly eating small portions of nuts is strongly associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart attacks.
- I haven’t made the loaf yet, but a client brought some into clinic for me to try and it’s quite delicious. It’s not bread, so you need to get that comparison out of your head before you eat it. However the LCLB is tasty, nutty and has a lovely texture. Toasted and topped with hummus or avocado and slices of fresh tomato is particularly good.
- It’s a low-GI recipe and the LCLB is filling.
- It has about three times the fibre of standard bread. Plus it contains more calcium, magnesium and potassium.
- It’s not totally gluten free. While the gluten free or otherwise status of rolled oats is complicated, most coeliac guidelines exclude oats unless you can find oats which are specifically labelled as being gluten free. These are not widely available. I see them mentioned on US blogs, but have never seen them here in Australia. For more on oats, take a look at Coeliac Australia’s position statement on oats. There’s a link under the What is gluten section?
- While nuts are a brilliant food, the LCLB contains a lot of nuts and lots of nuts equals lots of kilojoules. Assuming you cut the loaf into 12 slices, which I suspect would be quite thin slices, then each slice would contain about 980kJ. Obviously if you cut your loaf into fewer slices, the kilojoule count is going to be higher again. This is a lot for “bread”, in fact it’s about double the kilojoules of a slice of regular wholegrain bread.
- If you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight you need to be careful how much of the LCLB you eat. You can’t equate it slice for slice with normal bread.
Ignore the life changing “promise”, this loaf of bread has many positives, but it also has a lot of hype around it. I’ve read many posts and comments by people who’ve loved it and gobbled it up in a couple of days, which is fine, but that’s a lot of kilojoules for most people.
While it’s “gluten free and vegan” and contains ‘superfood’ ingredients like chia and flax seeds and coconut oil, these factors don’t automatically make it healthy and right for you.