The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

Ezekiel Bread - Sprouted Grain Bread

Elaine writes:
The sprouted grain bread is just too risky. Firstly, how long were the grains allowed to sprout? As you must know, starch is stored in the seed and, under the right conditions, temperature and moisture, the starch is broken down so that the circulatory system of the plant can get glucose from the starch (Even plants cannot use starch until it is broken down into monosaccharides). If the sprout is allowed to grow quite high (differs in each grain seed) and nothing is left but the coat of the seed, theoretically, the sprout would be OK biochemically. However, you still have to be sure that the bread was made ONLY with sprouts and nothing added.

Furthermore, the seed coat is high in lignin and cellulose and might prove to be an overload for some of us.

The following is a discussion of Ezekiel and other sprouted grain breads such as Manna bread:

Colleen writes:
Ezekiel is in fact a brand name for a sprouted bread product. It is yeasted, in addition to containing malted (non-sprouted) barley and other illegals. All Ezekiel breads contain these, and I remember at least one of theirs had carob powder or some such thing. There's another brand called Manna that is just the sprouted grain, but it's truly ghastly. Looks like a rock and is so heavy you could practically bowl with it.

Chris writes:
First day on the board, so forgive the newbie question. The above seems to suggest that the Manna bread, which is just sprouted grain without yeast or additives, is permissable on the SCD. I know that sprouted grains are more readily assimilable in the body, but arenít all grains prohibited? I happen to love the stuff, and Iíd be very happy if I could continue to eat it!

Deborah writes:
These breads are all illegal.


A mother of a child with autism tried Ezekiel bread during a trip. Her son had been on SCD for four months and was doing very well with the diet. After eating the Ezekiel bread, the son had a horrible regression.

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