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Pumpernickel Bread's History and Benefits

Updated on December 29, 2011

Pumpernickel comes from two old German words "to fart" and "demon". Doesn't that sound lovely? Pumpernickel is referred to as the "devil's fart" because of the bread's indigestable qualities. That should make for some good conversation around the watercooler.

This bread was first referenced as far back as the 1450s. It's a heavy bread made out of coarsely ground rye and fermented with sourdough.

Benfits

Surprisingly, Pumpernickel has some great benefits:

  • It's good for people with diabetes.
  • It's also good for people who have poor blood sugar control because of its low GI index.
  • It aids in digestion and contains up to eight times as much resistant starch as wheat or barley based bread.
  • Helps keep your blood cholesterol normal, which will reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • It will reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Great source of fiber.

Beware of Imitation Breads

Many stores carry imitation breads, but this type of bread will not carry the benefits of traditional pumpernickel bread, so you're advised to go to artisan shops. Also, the more it weighs, the more likely it is to be the real thing. Mestemacher and Rubschlager are two good commercial brands to look for.

What Is It Good With?

Here are a few ways to enjoy pumpernickel bread:

  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese pumpernickel sandwiches are very yummy.
  • Cucumber and cream cheese on pumpernickel is a party favorite.
  • Dip the bread in humus along with a pinch of capers to give it some kick.
  • Make a delicious cream cheese and pepper jelly pumpernickel sandwich.
  • It's also good with just a dab of butter too.


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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Hi rLcasaLme. Make sure he checks with his doctor first, especially if he's been warned it's not good for him. The latest research says its good for diabetics, but he should double check with his doctor to be on the safe side.

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      This is very useful. I have a colleague who stays away from breads because of being warned that they'd not be good for him. He's a diabetic.

      Now, THAT is one bread he could eat.

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      As long as you store it in the freezer sealed up, it should last for several months. Supposedly, it freezes very well.

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      daleamy 5 years ago from Spring Hill, TN

      Months? Wow, that's great! I'll have to get some.

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      rochelj 5 years ago from USA

      Pumpernickel Bread reminds me of my childhood, especially my paternal grandparents, I remember my parents and grandparents eating Pumpernickel Bread when I was younger. Thanks for bringing back the memory for me! Maybe I'll try it again soon..

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thanks everyone. :) Pumpernickel has a long shelf life. If you wrap it properly, it can last for several months. Not bad, huh?

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      daleamy 5 years ago from Spring Hill, TN

      Interesting. I didn't realize the health benefits. I wonder how long its shelf life is, or how well it freezes. I noticed the breads from Amazon come in packages of 12.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Interesting hub. I always knew that I liked pumpernickel bread and now I know why.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I've never known the history of pumpernickel bread, but I sure have enjoyed eating it. Pumpernickel is also good with limburger cheese spread on it and for a real treat, add a fresh slice of thinly cut onion.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you for sharing this hub. I learned a new thing today because of this. :D

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thank you Perspycacious. It takes a little research. Who knew pumpernickel could be such a fascinating subject? I had a strange craving for it earlier today so that's what prompted the article.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I love these "homework pieces!" Good job. Voted Up and useful interesting. Can't wait for Kneaders Bakery to open tomorrow!