Commercial breads contain an enormous amount of sodium. Many can be as much as 200mg per serving and often that’s for a serving size of only 1 slice! There are a small handful of alternatives but many are hard to find and few, if any, are good. Even many so called “Heart Friendly” breads are loaded with high amounts of sodium. So what are your real alternatives? Make your own bread!
After having been diagnosed with congestive heart failure at age 40, I was forced to adopt a low-sodium diet. One of the things I missed the most was bread. I loved to eat sandwiches and with all the sodium in bread it was very discouraging to me. I researched all about bread making online and found a couple of good resources, but many were outdated or had very complicated recipes which I did not want to deal with. I decided to gat a bread making machine and set to work to see if a good low-sodium bread could be made. And sure enough – I got it! Not only did I get it, but this bread is soft, sweet and totally delicious! And what’s the sodium content? Well, the only sodium is from the 1 egg that goes in the 1lb loaf and that’s about 75mg. I can get about 10 slices from a loaf so that comes down to 7.5mg of sodium per slice!
Don’t let getting a bread maker stand in the way of making this bread to accommodate your low-sodium diet. There are bread makers out there for as low as $40.00. Shop around, you’ll be extremely glad you did.
- 2 cups and 2 tablespoons of room temperature water
- 1 room temperature egg
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter – melted
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 1/4 cups bread flour
- 3/4 teaspoon yeast
Total time: 3 hour 40 min – Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 3hour 30 min
Add all ingredients to your bread maker in order of wet ingredient first and dry ingredients afterwards with the years being the last item you add. You can melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Whisk the egg in a little also. If your breadmaker has a setting for white bread, use that. Also set it to 1lb loaf and light crust if you have those settings. If your bread maker has a recipe for sweet bread you can use that. Depending on the style of breadmaker you have, your bread will likely be done in around 3.5 hours. Be sure to remove it soon after it bakes and place on a wire rack to cool for about an hour before slicing. You can slice and freeze for future use and that works great!