G.I. blues…

No, this has got nothing to do with Elvis Presley’s compulsory national service stint in the US Army a long time ago – he even made a movie about it. The G.I. that I am talking about here refers to the glycemic index in foods, bread particularly.

According to this website, low-glycemic foods are slower to raise a person’s blood sugar levels than foods with moderate or high scores on the glycemic index and review studies suggest that a low-glycemic diet may help reduce blood pressure in healthy adults.

Well, in my blogpost not too long ago, somebody named Tom posted a comment and this was what he said: In order to prevent blood sugar spikes, you could consume Low GI breads in Aroma Bakery available every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday – they have two types of Low GI bread, just plain Low GI bread and the other type is with nuts etc (fewer pieces and more expensive).

Yes, I’ve heard of the Low GI bread but it was always sold out – I did not know the days then so Tom’s comment sure helped and I managed to get myself a loaf…

…the other day when I was driving past.

Once again, there was a vacant parking space right in front of the bakery…

…and there was nobody around, other than the boss himself.

This must be the plain type…

…that’s supposedly cheaper but I did notice quite a bit of seeds/grains in it.

The first time I had bread like this was way back in 1980 when I went to Australia and New Zealand for the first time. It had a whole lot of seeds/grain and nuts and they kept telling me it was very healthy. Unfortunately, I took one bite and my first response was, “Makanan kuda!” (food for horses). I never wanted to eat anything like that since until recently when I went into wholemeal bread. Quite a number of bakeries are making those these days, RM4.00 a loaf, which is a bit more expensive than plain sandwich bread, RM3.00 or RM3.20 a loaf. This Low GI one is around double the price – RM6.30 a loaf and if you opt for the one with cranberries and walnuts, that is a whooping RM10.20 a loaf.

I took it home and sat down to give it a try right away with butter and peanut butter…

…and much to my delight, I actually thought it was really very nice. My girl seems to enjoy it too and is having a slice or two, toasted and eaten with cheese, every day. She never touched the plain sandwich nor the wholemeal bread before unless we make something with them, egg sandwiches or French toast perhaps.

Never mind that it is a whole lot more expensive than normal bread – we are not really into bread and do not buy it to eat all that often but in view of the fact that my girl likes it and this is better for health, I certainly would want to buy this from now on if and when it is available. After all, like what I’ve been telling people, what is the use of money these days when there is no place to spend it and nowhere to go and we are stuck at home all the time?

Tom also said: This bakery also has sourdough bread every Tuesday only. Sourdough bread doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar fast. I think somebody did mention it once that they have sourdough bread here but I’ve never bothered to go and check it out. Well, seeing that I just bought the above on Monday and that would take a few days for us to finish, I wouldn’t want to go the following day to buy the sourdough bread. Perhaps I would do that on Tuesday next week and blog about it. We’ll see!

AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) is located at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai along Jalan Dewan Suarah, the second shop in the block on your right as you enter from Jalan Melur, after the Maju Tyre shop.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

17 thoughts on “G.I. blues…”

  1. I know there is this low glycemic sugar and am buying a packet to keep for use when the need arises. Never knew there is this low GI bread. Will on the out look for it. I prefer wholemeal bread to white bread.

    1. I like the wholemeal from one bakery here so I would buy it when I see it at my neighbourhood shops.
      I hear not all are the same – the texture is not the same and some may not be to one’s liking like they say the wholemeal at this bakery where I got this Low GI bread is not as nice but I love their Low GI, will surely go back for more.

      Haven’t heard of the sugar – I’ve been living without it for months now.

      1. Yes, there sugars which are safe to use moderately to avoid rise in blood sugar, namely Erythritol, Monk Fruit Sweetener, Xylitol Sweetener, Fructose, these are available in the organic shops around town or online such as shopee or Lazada. Among these, Fructose is the cheapest, around MR7++for 500 grams available from Ta Kiong, same sweetness, but on a healthy side. Besides, u could use almond flour or coconut flour to make low gi cakes, breads or biscuits at home. These flours are available in Sibu too, you could get almond flour 500 grams @MR25++ from Bake with Yan; coconut flour around MR10++ for 500 grams in Ta Kiong. I have been using these flours to make breads or cakes and there are ample recipes online for you to try . Type in keto bread, cake or biscuit recipes online and u would be guide to many websites for you to view and reading pleasure. Happy searching……

      2. Wowww!!! You sure are an expert on these things, thanks.

        Yes, my missus just told me she has a packet of Low GI brown sugar to use in her cooking for any recipes that require sugar. Other than that, I’ve stopped taking sugar altogether, no sweet cakes, no kuihs…etc.

        We bought and used all kinds of flour, coconut and whatever those days when we thought my girl was gluten intolerant but I cannot remember what we made with those.

        So far, everything’s o.k., all under control. Best to just go without or be moderate in whatever we eat.

      3. By the way, it isn`t sugar which cause raise in blood sugar, carbohydrate in food also contribute to the spike in blood sugar, so starchy foods such as glutinous rice, potato, white bread, pasta, noodles , buns…..you may search online about what types of food, flours, pasta, fruits, tuber, etc to avoid.

      4. Yes, I’ve cut down on all those, just a bit of rice, stay away from noodles…no sweet cakes and kuihs or just nibble a bit when the temptation gets too hard to resist. LOL!!! Like the changs (dumplings) during the festival the other day, for instance – glutinous rice is bad so I could not eat as many as I liked, unlike before. Had to space them out, one in a few days – still have a few in the freezer. Going real slow!

  2. I love this type of bread with seeds and grains. I usually buy the Rainbow Sprouted Bread. It is lovely toasted as the nuts and seeds will give off a nutty taste.

    1. Yes, this is really nice. My girl loves it so much I had to go back and get another loaf, gone in no time at all. I got the cranberries one – simply out of this world. Watch out for my blogpost on it.

  3. Yes, at our age, we must not count our sens too much anymore.. how much can we eat? LOL… Now with no traveling, my only pleasure is food and that is also buying back… nothing frills or fancies… so our only consolation in life is to enjoy eating within our health limits!

    1. That’s right! The only enjoyment we can get these days and even then, we have to take home or have everything delivered to our house to eat, cannot go out, enjoy the ambiance, the company, not anymore. Sad, right? This is all so very depressing.

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