Ohio’s Own: Omega Buns
Although a diet of bacon, eggs and cheese has some attractive features, the low-carb lifestyle has heretofore been unexplored territory. Up front, carbs are my favorite food group, especially the sweet, sweet sugary ones.
That said, there’s a whole world out there that’s found a relatively healthy lifestyle by restricting carbohydrate intake. That means restricting candy and cookies, and potatoes, and pasta, and bread. Well, conventional bread: Omega Buns are made of flaxseed meal. They’re sugar-free, grain-free, organic, and have only one (1!) net carb.
Being not entirely savvy about the concept of “net carbs,” some pre-eating research was in order. The term is not regulated by the FDA, so it’s a little Wild West in food labeling out there. Looking at Omega Buns’s label, though, it lists 8 grams of carbohydrates, and 7 of them are fiber. Because fiber is hard to digest, the conventional approach is to “count” only the non-fiber carbohydrates. That leaves one net carbohydrate.
A more interesting follow-up question, then, is this: If fiber carbs don’t “count,” do fiber calories count? The official answer for today is: Go ask a dietician.
So, the buns. A package purchased from the freezer section contains four. The ingredients are premium, as you’d expect from a product that’s also certified organic: cage free organic eggs, organic flaxseed meal, and chia seeds and psyllium. Himalayan salt and organic stevia are in the mix too.
And the taste? The buns are actually VERY bread-like, in a groovy, wholesome way. The texture is surprisingly light, springy. It’s not a chewy, yeasty bread, but leavened with soda, so it’s more like a soft quick bread. Omega Buns are really nice warmed and topped with butter. And even better with some honey.
Whoops. Of course, honey adds some carbs. You could stop after the butter. Even with a little honey (or jelly), the buns are still gluten-free (not yet certified), organic and full of fiber, and there’s value in those sorts of things too. As the name indicates, there’s a lot of Omega-3s in the mix too.
Omega Buns are made in Circleville, Ohio. You can find them here at Lucky’s and Hills.
For more information, visit omegabun.com.