Does gluten-free bread raise blood glucose less than whole wheat bread?
Gluten-free bread is usually made with some combination of (brown) rice flour, potato starch, potato flour, and/or tapioca starch instead of wheat flour. Like wheat flour, these ingredients contain starch, a type of carbohydrate that will raise blood glucose. So, it is important to remember that gluten-free does NOT equal carbohydrate-free.
Gluten-free foods can differ in the amount of carbohydrates per serving than their wheat-based counterparts. However, you should count gluten-free bread in your meal as you any other bread. Look at the amount of total carbohydrates listed on the nutrition facts label and check the serving size.
In some cases, gluten-free bread may have less carbohydrate than wheat bread. In other cases, it could have more. It will depend on the brands that you are comparing. Always let the nutrition facts label be your guide when meal planning with gluten-free products.
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