Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ezekiel Bread?? What is it?

Ezekiel Grain Bread is inspired by the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9. This 2,500 year old grain/bread combination is made from six grains and legumes.

So Why is Ezekiel Bread Healthy?

Ezekiel bread is actually a nutty sandwich bread that is a complete protein. The combination of grains makes a proper balance of amino acids to provide the complete protein.

Typically, Ezekiel bread contains wheat, spelt OR rye, barley, millet, lentils, great northern beans, kidney beans and pinto beans. This unique combination of ingredients is based on the Biblical verse of Ezekiel 4:9 which reads,"Take also unto thee wheat and barely and beans and lentils and millet and spelt and put them into one vessel and make bread of it."

To be honest there are different takes on eating this Biblical bread. Some scholars will tell you this was a protein bread designed by God to sustain you/us during famine. The Bible scholar will tell you that God had proved the sustenance of this bread as this is all Ezekiel ate for 390 days while laying on his side. Other Bible scholars will tell you this bread was all about judgment and the context of this passage is not to encourage eating this bread but purely there for the testimony of the dreaded judgment and famine to come.

Okay, with the two viewpoints, what do we do with the information. I think the bread would fit the need for us to have variety in our diet. I don't think it is a bad thing to eat this bread but I also don't think it is a call of God that this is the only bread He would endorse. There are too many other places in Scripture where Jesus fed the multitude with bread making no indication it was the mysterious Ezekiel bread.

See below for an Ezekiel Bread recipe. It really is tasty bread. Enjoy!

Nutritional Info for Ezekiel Bread:
One slice of bread:
Calories: 80
Total Fat: 0.5g
Potassium: 80 mg.
Total Carbohydrates: 15g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 4 g

Vitamins and Minerals:
Thiamine: 8%
Phosphorus: 8%
Riboflavin: 2%
Niacin: 6%
Zinc: 4%
Iron: 4%
Vitamin B6: 4%

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