The best breads for gestational diabetes, re-launched for 2017

Most of us love bread and with so many different types of bread on the market, what are the best breads for those trying to keep blood sugar levels lower and stabilised with gestational diabetes?

best breads for gestational diabetesWith carbohydrates turning into glucose in the bloodstream, a low carbohydrate bread is a good start, but unfortunately is not enough alone to select a bread that will be well tolerated.

A low carbohydrate bread that has high protein and high fat (from seeds or soya) makes for a much better choice.

bread alone will cause spikes in blood sugars. Use protein and good fats to pair bread, like this open sandwich
bread alone will cause spikes in blood sugars. Use protein and good fats to pair bread, like this open sandwich

Pair your bread

All bread needs to be 'paired' (eaten with) with additional protein and good fats to make it more tolerable, so it does not cause a high spike in blood sugars. Avoid eating any bread with just butter as this will not be enough to slow down the release of glucose.

For more information on pairing foods, please read our 8 golden rules of eating here.

 


Here are our top 5 best breads:-

WINNER!  1. Lidl high protein rolls

Lidl high protein rollsThese rolls are the best bread roll we have found and are tolerated by all that have tried them. Made with wheat protein, soya flour, whole-wheat flour and a combination of seeds, they pack a huge protein and good healthy fats punch to help slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream. The rolls contain only 8.5g carbs, a whopping 26.7g protein and 13.4g fat (but primarily from omega-3 rich linseed) per 100g and each roll weighs approximately 115g.

A favourite in our Facebook support group for breakfast where insulin resistance is at it's worst. Many ladies have these packed with eggs, bacon and avocado.

They also make for an excellent lunch cram packed with lots of meat and salad. Normally 39p each but often on offer at 29p and can be found loose in the fresh bakery section at Lidl. Unfortunately these are not available in Ireland.

 

RUNNER UP!  2. LivLife seriously seeded

LivLife with half the carbs seriously seeded bread is the best sliced loaf of bread we can find at 7.6g carbs, 13.4g protein and 4.8g fat for 2 slices of the 500g loaf! A low carb, high protein bread that is great for toast or sandwiches alike. This bread is available to purchase from Waitrose, Ocado and Morrisons.

livlife bread

 

3. Hi-Lo bread

Hi-Lo stands for high in protein and low in carbs, with 10.0g carbs, 16.2g protein and 5.6g fat per 2 slices of 400g loaf. Hi-Lo can be purchased in larger Sainsbury's stores and with Ocado online.

hi-lo bread

 

4. Burgen soya & linseed

This bread is what we often advocate to our members as it is a great GD suitable bread that is widely available to purchase. It is available in a larger 800g, or a smaller 400g loaf. For one slice of the 800g loaf there is 11.0g carbs, 6.7g protein and 4.8g fat. Burgen soya & linseed can be purchased from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, Co-Op and Iceland. It may also be available in many other shops. Burgen offer a money off coupon on their website here.

burgen soya & linseed bread

 

5. McCambridge Low GI bread

McCambridge bread is available in Ireland, so this makes for the best choice for our Irish ladies that can't get hold of the other breads mentioned above. This 500g loaf has 13.6g carbs, 4.3g protein and 2.0g fat per larger slice from the 500g loaf

McCambridge low GI bread

 

Those are the best breads, what about the rest?

If you struggle to find the breads mentioned above, we've compiled a comparison chart for breads, showing some popular brands. We have ordered the breads by carbohydrate amount, but it is important to also take into account the protein, fat and fibre content too.

Items highlighted in Green are better choices

Items highlighted in Amber may be worth trying, but some may struggle to tolerate

Items highlighted in Red can be eaten, but with caution due to the high carb amounts and/or white flour which covert to glucose much faster than wholegrain alternatives

Product

Shop

Carbs

Protein

Fat

Fibre

Lidl high protein roll

Info per 100g

(each roll is approx. 115g in weight)

Lidl - loose in fresh bakery section.

NB: Not available in Ireland

8.5g 26.7g! 13.4g 12.4g
LivLife seriously seeded

Info per 2 x 500g (small) slices

Waitrose, Ocado, Morrisons 7.6g 13.4g 4.8g 4.2g
Hi-Lo bread

Info per 2 x 400g (small) slices

Sainsbury's, Ocado 10.0g 16.2g 5.6g 6.8g
Burgen soya & linseed bread

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Iceland 11.0g 6.7g 4.8g 5.0g
McCambridge Low GI Bread

500g loaf Info per 1 x (large) slice

Available in Ireland 13.6g 4.3g 2.0g 2.0g
Hovis Seeds Sensation 7 Seeds Wholemeal Bread

Info per 800g loaf slice 1 x (large 44g)

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 13.8g 5.2g 2.5g 5.5g
Vogel's soya & linseed bread

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado 14.3g 4.9g 2.8g 2.8g
Warburtons Protein Thins

Info per sandwich thin

Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Iceland 14.8g 7.4g 2.8g 3.7g
Hovis Good Inside Wholemeal Medium 800g

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, Iceland 14.9g 4.1g 1.7g 2.6g
Dr Zak's High Protein bread 850g loaf

Info per 1 x (large) slice

Online health & fitness stores 15.0g 15.0g 2.6g 2.0g
The Food Doctor multi-seed and soya loaf 400g

Info per 50g serving 1 x (large slice)

Waitrose, Ocado 15.0g 6.2g 4.8g 3.8g
Kingsmill Wholemeal Sandwich Thins

Info per sandwich thin

 

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 16.3g 4.2g 3.0g 2.5g
Kingsmill Multiseeded Farmhouse loaf 800g

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 16.9g 4.8g 4.3g 2.2g
Burgen soya & linseed thins

Info per sandwich thin

Tesco 18.0g 5.6g 3.1g 2.9g
Warburton's Seeded Batch loaf 800g

Info per x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 18.2g 5.6g 4.1g 2.7g
Hovis Nimble Malted Wholegrain 400g

Info per 2 x 400g (small) slices

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 18.4g 4.6g 0.6g 3.0g
Warburtons Wholemeal Protein Bread

Info per 2 x 400g (small) slices

Asda, Morrisons, Iceland, Co-op, Waitrose 18.6g 8.0g 2.0g 4.6g
Tesco High Protein Bread 400g loaf

Info per 2 x 400g (small) slices

Tesco 20.0g 10.2g 5.2g 4.6g
Warburtons Protein Wholemeal rolls

Info per roll

(each roll is approx. 68g in weight)

 Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Iceland, Waitrose 20.4g 9.5g 2.9g 5.2g
Kingsmill 50/50 Thick 800g loaf

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

 Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 18.7g 4.0g 0.7g 2.2g
Hovis Granary Thick 800g loaf

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 20.4g 4.5g 1.0g 1.6g
Hovis Seed Sensations Soft Granary 800g loaf

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 20.7g 5.1g 3.3g 2.5g
Warburtons Toastie Thick White 800g loaf

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 20.8g 4.7g 0.9g 1.2g
Warburtons Gluten Free Seeded Farmhouse Loaf 560g loaf

Info per 2 x (small) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado 22.0g 5.8g 5.0g 5.8g
Hovis White Thick 800g loaf

Info per 1 x 800g (large) slice

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, M&S, Iceland 22.3g 4.4g 0.8g 1.2g
Aldi Ballymore Crust LOW GI loaf

Info per 2 x 400g (small 29g) slice

Aldi - Irish stores only 24.0g 6.4g 4.0g 4.4g
Warburtons Protein Wraps

Info per wrap

Asda, Co-op, Morrisons 26.1g 10.2g 3.3g 5.0g
Tesco Multigrain Triangle roll loose from in-store bakery

Info per 100g

(each roll is approx 80g in weight)

Tesco in-store bakery 52.0g 11.1g 5.0g 4.5g

 

*Please note the stores mentioned are just a guide and we cannot guarantee which products are sold in which stores. Gestational Diabetes UK is not affiliated with any of the stores mentioned above. Nutritional information correct according to manufacturers websites 27/01/2017

 

White bread and 50/50

We've included some white breads to show a comparison with regards to carbs. You may notice that some white breads are not as high in carbs as some other brown or multi-grain breads. But as mentioned above, it's not as simple as counting carbohydrates. White flour is refined meaning that much of the goodness has been stripped from the flour. This means that the white flour bread will convert to glucose much faster than the whole-wheat, wholemeal, or wholegrain breads.

 

High protein breads

Tesco Protein Bread

In the last year we've seen a few brands and stores launching their own high protein ranges. More protein is beneficial as it helps low down the release of glucose from carbohydrates. That said, most of the higher protein ranges that have been launched are higher in carbs than some of the better alternatives available.

Protein breads are worth trying and will still need pairing, however if you struggle to tolerate these then move on to better alternatives that are mentioned above.

Warburtons Protein Range

 

Gluten free bread

We have included the lowest carbohydrate gluten free bread we could find online to help anyone who needs to eat gluten free foods. Please note, unless you need to eat gluten free foods for other dietary reasons, then gluten free products should be avoided for those with gestational diabetes. Gluten free products often contain higher amounts of carbohydrates than their regular counterparts.

gluten free bread

 

Aldi LOW GI bread (Irish stores only)

The Aldi LOW GI bread has been mentioned in our Facebook support group a few times. On checking the nutritional information we are struggling to see what makes this bread 'low GI' and we have not had enough members feedback their results to be able to make a fair judgement on the product. Based on the nutritional information alone, we feel there are many better choices to try.

aldi low gi

 

Tesco Multi-grain Triangular rolls

Often when ladies are not able to purchase Lidl high protein rolls, they ask if these look alike Tesco alternatives would be suitable. With a whopping 52.0g carbs and only 11g protein per 100g, (that's approximately 41.6g carbs per roll, the equivalent of over 10 tsp of sugar!) these rolls may look like Lidl high protein rolls, but they are VERY different!

Tesco triangular multigrain roll

Need more help?

If you are really struggling for what to eat since being diagnosed then take a look at our GD Diet and 8 golden rules. If you are stuck for ideas and inspiration then we also have a membership section which offers lists of food ideas, hints & tips, brand suggestions, some recipes and shopping lists. All this is available with our Bronze membership. For even more convenience we also have 7 day food plans with our Silver membership option. Check out our membership options here.

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