When it comes to carbohydrates, the facts can be hard to digest. People can be surprised which foods contain a high level of carbohydrates, and the fact there are different types found in different places. Recently, carbs have been something of a hot topic in the media, as health experts blame carbs for a nationwide problem with obesity (and type 2 diabetes).
With 63% of UK adults now considered overweight or obese, and 3.5m suffering from diabetes, it’s no wonder the we are changing our relationship with eating. A rising number of people have been opting for a low-carb diet, or a ketogenic diet, which, reports say, have the potential to reverse the symptoms of type two diabetes.
Carbohydrates and the body
Carbohydrates, as well as fats and proteins, supply the body with energy and fuel. Carbs are broken down into glucose so when carbohydrates are consumed, an increase in blood sugar levels occurs to a greater or lesser extent according to the amount and type of carbohydrate.
By reducing your refined carbohydrate intake, you can help to reduce the rise in blood glucose levels after meals.
A low carb diet tends to mean avoiding sugar and starchy foods such as bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes. This is where the surprise comes when it comes to Lo-Dough as your bread of pastry alternative.
What exactly is Lo-Dough?
Lo-Dough is a very unique food product, which acts as a virtually carb free bread and pastry alternative. It's so versatile, it can be used as a pizza base, wrap, kebab, toastie, and can even be blitzed into breadcrumbs to coat chicken or serve as a cake mix. Celebrities and fitness professionals swear by Lo-Dough and use it as part of their diet plans and fitness goals. It helps that Lo-Dough is an outstanding 2.2g carbs per piece.
Here's where it gets interesting. One piece of Lo-Dough, which is one whole pizza base, one wrap, one entire pasty or pie - just over two grams of carbs. If you are eating a low-carb diet, the freedom Lo-Dough brings is outstanding. It most certainly helps that Lo-Dough is high in fibre and protein, as well as being sugar free, vegetarian, gluten free and only 39 calories per piece. It is quickly becoming the bread and pastry alternative of choice for people who are slimming, watching the carbs, or following specific diets such as paleo or keto.
Lo-Dough means low carb pizza
Pizza is back on the menu with Lo-Dough, as it completely replaces what would normally be a high carb, high calorie, starchy bread. Pizza on a low carb diet is generally a no-no - which is what makes Lo-Dough such a wonderful game changer. To add to this, Lo-Dough is really high in fibre, so a Lo-Dough pizza will keep you nice and full, without getting that carb crash that comes with white bread. Basically, it’s a slice of fantastic news for low carbers.
Lo-Dough supports a ketogenic diet
Keto is one of many up and coming diets which, as people become more educated about food and nutrition, is becoming a popular choice. The ketogenic diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet known also as the ‘low carb, high fat’ diet (LCHF). As Lo-Dough is a keto friendly product and is spectacularly low in carbs, this gives a keto dieter the freedom to load up on fats and enjoy keto in all it’s freedom.
Lo-Dough co-founder Ben Holden created the original forumula for Lo-Dough, and follows a keto diet. He said: "Lo-Dough is the perfect tool for maintaining a ketogenic lifestyle, when it comes to convenient lunches and indulgent dinners, it changes everything. Pizza, pasties and pies can now be easily created with this one breakthrough ingredient."
A great example of this is the keto salmon and broccoli pesto pizza with cream cheese. It’s incredibly easy to make and fits wonderfully with a keto diet.
The entire pizza is only 7g of carbs with 51g fat. It's one of many keto-friendly recipes made with Lo-Dough, and there are even more which are really low carb.
Let's explore low carb recipes with Lo-Dough
Lo-Dough is extremely versatile and can be used as so many different replacements. Your pizza base, wrap, chapati, and, as recent research has shown, it can also make a superb breadcrumb when blitzed, paving the way for a whole world of low-carb desserts.
For a little more inspiration, take a look at these three suggestions that have proved popular with people on a low carb and keto diet.
Low carb tiramisu (5g carbs)
Low carb 'southern fried chicken' (1.1g carbs)
Low carb grilled cheese (2.2g carbs)