Grain products such as bread contain starchy carbohydrates. Starch is made from glucose which is the main sugar the human body uses for its energy needs.
Bread contains a lot of starch, which is quickly broken down by digestive processes into glucose. This causes blood sugar to rise quickly, which is why bread has a high glycemic index.
White breads, which are made from finely ground wheat flour, have a higher glycemic index than whole wheat or flax meal bread. Whole grain bread contains more of the wheat protein called gluten and therefore a little less carbohydrates.
Which ingredients have a lower carbohydrate content?
The following ingredients are common in low carbohydrate bread recipes:
- almond flour
- almond milk
- coconut flour
- soy flour
Fruit such as bananas and raisins contain fructose sugar which make them higher carbohydrate ingredients. I guess that means no more nibbling on banana bread for a treat.
Which bread machines have a low carb setting?
Very few bread machines have a specific menu option for making low carbohydrate bread. We have done our research and we have found two options for you to consider: the Breadman TR2500BC and the Cuisinart CBK-200. We discuss the low carb setting, as well as other features, of each bread machine.
Breadman TR2500BC with Low Carb Setting
The Breadman TR2500BC has multiple baking and dough kneading cycles, including a low carb course for making low carbohydrate bread loaves.
You add the ingredients for the low carb bread recipe into the bread pan. You select the “Low Carb” course to make the bread loaf. Please note that the crust color and loaf size cannot be changed on the low carb option of the TR2500BC. It is preset to a 2-pound bread loaf with a medium crust color.
The use and care manual of the Breadman TR2500BC contains three low carb recipes:
- low carb white bread
- low carb cinnamon raisin bread
- low carb chocolate cake
The TR2500BC can also knead and bake gluten free bread. It can handle 1, 1.5 and 2-pound loaf sizes. It features crust color selection for a light, medium or dark crust.
Other fine features are its automatic fruit and nut dispenser, a 24-hour baking delay timer as well as a convection fan for better crust color.
|You may read our Breadman TR2500BC review for information on its features and advantages. You may also view prices and customer reviews at Amazon.com.|
Cuisinart CBK-200 with Low Carb Setting
The Cuisinart CBK-200 bread machine features a convection fan for getting crispier crust results. You are able to choose a 1, 1.5 or 2-pound loaf setting and a light, medium or dark crust color.
The CBK-200 has sixteen preset menu options which includes a low carb setting. Low carb loaves have a low sugar content and the CBK-200’s low carb setting is adapted to this. It does not knead the dough too much and it does not bake too short.
Extra nuts or seeds should be added at the beginning with the rest of the ingredients when using the low carb setting. There is no audible tone for reminding you to add nuts or seeds to the dough when using the low carb program. However, there is still an audible tone that reminds you to remove the kneading paddle (if you want to do that).
The CBK-200’s instruction booklet contains the following low carb bread recipes:
- bacon and cheese bread
- seed bread
- molasses bread
- cinnamon bread
- buttermilk bread
- nutty low-carb bread
Please note that the dough setting does not work for making low carbohydrate or gluten free dough recipes.
This Cuisinart convection bread machine does not have an automatic fruit and nut dispenser. It does have a 12-hour delay timer and a power-failure backup.
|You can read our Cuisinart CBK-200 review for an in-depth discussion of its features, advantages and disadvantages. You may also see current prices for the Cuisinart CBK-200 low carb bread machine.|
The Breadman TR2500BC and the Cuisinart CBK-200 both have the following menu options in common which would not be useful for low carbohydrate baking: White, French, Sweet Breads and Gluten Free. They both have low carb and whole wheat menu settings which might be useful for baking low carbohydrate bread loaves.
The Breadman TR2500BC has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser which is only useful if you are using low carbohydrate ingredients such as nuts, seeds or herbs instead of fruit that contain fructose sugar. The Cuisinart CBK-200 does not have an automatic fruit dispenser, it only gives a sound signal for adding mix-ins.
Both bread machines have stainless steel housings and convection fans. They are very similar which means that it may come down to which bread maker brand you prefer to buy. Nonetheless, we would probably spend our money on the Cuisinart CBK-200 bread machine (buy from Amazon.com).