Ezekiel 4:9 bread, frequently referred to as just Ezekiel bread, is a brand of sprouted grain bread made by Food For Life. The bread has been recommended, especially for vegetarians, by nutritionists and others, such as Jillian Michaels, the one-time trainer on the weight loss TV program "The Biggest Loser," whose daily breakfast includes Ezekiel English muffins due to the carbohydrate content.
The bread gets its name from and is based on the literal Old Testament bible verse Ezekiel 4:9: "Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them into one vessel ... " The six grains and legumes listed in the verse make up the ingredients of Ezekiel bread.
Compared with regular grain, sprouted grain is lower in starch and has higher amounts of protein, minerals, vitamins, such as vitamins B2, B5, B6 and C, and other nutrients. Ezekiel bread is claimed to be a complete source of protein, one that has been rated 84.3 percent as efficient as the highest source of protein, according to Food For Life. It contains all of the essential amino acids in addition to nine other amino acids. The grains and legumes make it a good source of fiber.