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Jan 10, 2010 09:16 AM

Whole grain bread and bakeries in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

I'm pregnant and my glucose levels were a slightly high so I have to start limiting simple carbs and eating whole grains. Any tips on what to buy in the neighborhood - specifically some great fresh whole grain bread? I'm also confused about how to read bread ingredients - what's the diff between whole grain, whole wheat...and what ingredients on labels to definitely avoid. Thanks in advance for any replies!

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  1. Mazzola Bakery on Henry has great bread, including some whole grain breads. Just tell the person behind the counter you are trying to avoid white flour.

    I had the same situation as you when I was pregnant. In general, reduce bread, pasta, and grains and try to eat fruits, vegetables and lean meats, including a couple serviings of fish (but not the kind with mercury!) a week. When you do eat grains, you want them to be whole, such as brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread ("whole grain" bread and cereal is often NOT 100% whole grain -- read labels).

    There are many books and websites that can help you out. Although you do not have gestational diabetes, a site with dietary guidelines for that condition can help you out. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy. In fact, I still eat this way, nearly 7 years after my youngest was born.

    Good luck, and congratulations on your pregnancy!

    1. The new Union Market on Court St has a really nice bread dept, with stuff from Tomcat, Eli's, Balthazar. I love the "health bread" from Eli's. Great toast or as is!

      1. Wild yeast sourdough bread has been shown to have a significantly lower glycemic index when compared to bread made using commercial yeast. One study even shows that white flour sourdough has a lower GI compared to standard whole wheat bread.

        I recommend getting some sort of whole grain wild yeast sourdough bread. While I haven't tried it, Scratchbread seems to be the best you can get around you.

        Locations where you can find Scratchbread: