THE IMPLICATIONS OF OAT FIBER FOR KETO BREAD APPLICATIONS
June 8, 2020
The marketplace is full of individuals with a diverse expanse of food preferences and requirements. One common trend in nutrition is a gravitation toward diets low in carbohydrates. Among the wave of popular low-carb diets, including paleo and gluten-free regimens, is the ketogenic diet. Many Americans are turning to the keto diet with the hopes of losing weight or more effectively managing diseases, such as epilepsy, heart disease, and even brain disease. The keto diet requires participants to eat less than 50 grams of carbohydrates each day, with a greater portion of high-protein, high-fat foods. As carbs are present in fruits and vegetables, which are highly encouraged in the keto plan, this diet often includes the elimination or drastic reduction of grain products, such as breads. Over a period of 3–4 days eating a diet low in carbs, the body begins to break down protein and fat for energy, a process called ketosis, which can result in weight loss and lower levels of insulin.
As the keto diet has gained popularity, the food and beverage industry has risen to meet the occasion, with products and lines specifically labeled keto and entire brands dedicated to the keto community. Many keto bread recipes continue to use wheat flour, which is high in carbs—resulting in a still relatively high carb “keto” bread. With approximately 12 g carbs per serving, this leaves room for one slice a day while continuing to prioritize the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Other keto bread products achieve a low carb count by incorporating foreign-sounding ingredients such as protein isolates, inulin, and resistant starches.
…you can bake your keto bread and eat it too.
Enter Oat Fiber
With the addition of Grain Millers’ oat fiber, you can bake your keto bread and eat it too, along with your customers. This versatile ingredient offers the texturization, moisture regulation, and shelf-life-extension of traditional grain breads. While oat fiber does fall within the category of carbohydrates, because it is an insoluble fiber content is deducted from the quantity of “net carbs” counted by those following the keto diet. The utilization of oat fiber therefore allows for a keto product lower in net carbs. Oat fiber can be instrumental in controlling the texture of high-fat keto food products while also preventing bowel obstruction often associated with the keto diet. With its mild oat and familiar flavor, it also achieves better tasting low-carb formulations.
Keto dieters are consistently looking for new and higher quality products that meet their needs and satisfy their taste buds. The demand is there, and they are eager to try innovative keto products.
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