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Posted by: Bansaw, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:05am
It's a decent price here at Trader Joe's $4.99.
I am supposing its better than Ezekiel bread...

any comments?
Posted by: C_Sharp, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:47am; Reply: 1
There are several varieties of Udi's bread.

Regardless of the variety, what you need to do look at the ingredients and see if any of the ingredients are avoids on the diet plan that you are following.

Ingredients in Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread:
(Other varieties will have different ingredients)

Water
Tapioca Starch
Brown Rice Flour
Potato Starch
Canola Oil
Egg Whites
Sugar
Teff Flour
Flax Seed Meal
Yeast
Xanthan Gum
Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt
Baking Powder
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Cornstarch
Calcium Sulfate
Monocalcium phosphate
Cultured Dextrose
Ascorbic Acid
Microcrytalline Cellulose
Enzymes
Posted by: marjorie, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:53am; Reply: 2
Exactly. Look at the ingredients-- I never try gluten free bread because of the avoid list.. out of control. years ago, I tried it and my stomach did not feel right at all.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 2:14am; Reply: 3
I see quite a few avoids in that one list

learn to make your own, using compliant grain flours in your list

focaccia
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm
video
http://video.about.com/lowcarbdiets/Focaccia-Style-Flax-Bread.htm
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:46pm; Reply: 4
It's probably better than Ezekial bread, but it's still full of avoids. I might consider eating 1 or 2 slices at a social event, but I wouldn't buy a whole loaf to bring home with me.

Trader Joe's also sells a spelt bread; it's $2.99 locally, but prices may vary in other locations. I can't have spelt personally but I buy that for my kids. I also do a lot of baking, but the sliced bread works better for packing in school lunches.
Posted by: Lin, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:14pm; Reply: 5
My 21 daughter who is gluten free and in college, says that the Udi and Rudi bread taste very good.  But I agree that home made gluten free bread is best if you have time, but if you don't have time I imagine a little of this is fine.
Posted by: Bansaw, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:18pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Trader Joe's also sells a spelt bread; it's $2.99 locally, but prices may vary in other locations. I can't have spelt personally but I buy that for my kids.


What's the name of the Spelt bread they sell?   Is it their own brand?
Sorry for my ignorance, but the spelt bread is gluten free right?
I couldn't find mention of it on TJ's site.



Posted by: Lin, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:26pm; Reply: 7
Spelt bread is from wheat, it has less protein but still wheat.  So not gluten free I am afraid.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 2:04pm; Reply: 8
Trader Joe's sells their own brand of spelt bread.

Spelt is technically a variety of wheat; according to the USDA, anything with spelt needs to have an allergen warning "contains wheat". I think of them as different grains and find the USDA warning label annoying and confusing. (Does it REALLY have wheat? Or are they referring to spelt? It makes a huge difference for my daughters!)

If you have celiac disease, then spelt is not appropriate for you. The Type O diet does allow spelt and rye, even though both grains contain gluten. The problem isnt' the gluten itself but lectins in other parts of the grains.

I'm assuming you don't have celiac disease, because then you wouldn't have  been considering the Ezekial bread to begin with.
Posted by: Poppy, Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:43pm; Reply: 9
I've only seen Trader Joe products here in Canada in Walmart, and only bags of trail mix type things. I can eat NONE of these because of the additives. Is Trader Joe's a chain in the US??
Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 1:22pm; Reply: 10


http://samisbakery.com/


Millet and flax based for those who can have it. Fortunately, I get it locally at my HFS, but I think they'll ship.
Excellent flavor and texture.
Posted by: Nadira, Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 2:38pm; Reply: 11
I like spelt bread because it is on my "Allowed Frequently" list whereas millet, oat, rice, and rye are on my "Allowed Infrequently" list.

I also like rye bread, because I like to save oat for oatmeal and rice for cooked rice.

I've bought/eaten Udi bread but don't like it because it falls apart.  I would rather have dense bread than "fluffy" bread that falls apart.

The spelt bread I get is baked by Berlin natural Bakery.  Although it contains some sunflower seeds or raisins (depending on the variety) it is still a whole lot better than bread with wheat.  

Btw, it has the disclaimer "The FDA categorizes ALL SPELT as wheat.  This is an ALL SPELT product.  No other wheat(s) have been added."  That makes me happy that they are very clear :)
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 3:23pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Poppy
Is Trader Joe's a chain in the US??

Yes.
Posted by: 21114 (Guest), Friday, September 7, 2012, 7:47pm; Reply: 13
I am not a fan of gluten free bread or pizza crusts - the textures are always off for me - if you do buy them, the only way to tolerate them is toasting them.   I think breads have a long way to go before they get it right or find a good substitute.

I think gluten free muffins are good as well as most baked goods.

I personally have given up trying gluten free breads and just moved on with life.
Posted by: Jane, Friday, September 7, 2012, 7:52pm; Reply: 14
Food for Life has a few breads that aren't bad - the Black China Rice Bread and the Red Bhutanese Rice bread are pretty good toasted and don't have as many ingredients.  They also have a Millet/Rice Bread that's tasty - all of them are much better toasted but hold up moderately well.
Jane
Posted by: kittykar1, Friday, September 7, 2012, 10:55pm; Reply: 15
I ate a Udi's roll last year on vacation at Disney and it tore my stomach up. I didn't think it was that good either, really dry. Guess I don't miss bread as much as I thought. ;D
Posted by: kittykar1, Friday, September 7, 2012, 10:56pm; Reply: 16
I ate a Udi's roll last year on vacation at Disney and it tore my stomach up. I didn't think it was that good either, really dry. Guess I don't miss bread as much as I thought. ;D
Posted by: prunella, Saturday, September 8, 2012, 12:02am; Reply: 17
I prefer Rudi's bread to Udi's bread, although Udi's is less expensive. Rudi's has more flavor and seems less crumbly. Both brands are best toasted.

I like a grilled cheese with parmesan and/or pecorino roman. Both cheeses are diamonds for me.
I eat very little bread, so a loaf can last for weeks in my freezer.
I have never had a bad digestive reaction to either bread.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10:05pm; Reply: 18
I wouldn't go near Udi's with a 10 foot pole.  I generally buy Berlin Bakery's Spelt Bread.  Yes, it does have canola oil on the list of ingredients (and spelt flour), I can tolerate it just fine.
Posted by: Poppy, Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:24pm; Reply: 19
The Udi's web site does not list ingredients for their bread, but thanks for the site Averno. I would not know if there is potato starch or corn in the bread. I also eat very little bread, and if I crave a sandwich, I put the filling in a rice wrap.I sometimes eat Kinnikinnick bread for  breakfast, toasted. I guess we all have our personal preferences.
Posted by: Averno, Monday, September 10, 2012, 9:10pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Poppy
The Udi's web site does not list ingredients for their bread, but thanks for the site Averno. I would not know if there is potato starch or corn in the bread. I also eat very little bread, and if I crave a sandwich, I put the filling in a rice wrap.I sometimes eat Kinnikinnick bread for  breakfast, toasted. I guess we all have our personal preferences.


Udi's or Sami's?
On the Sami's bakery website, the ingredients are listed for each product. From the homepage, go to the millet and flax catagory and click on the bread photo. Ascorbic acid might be a deal killer for some...

Speaking of ingredients, I noticed recently that several products I've been using have changed formulas.  Gotta read those lables!!!

:X
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, September 10, 2012, 11:24pm; Reply: 21
Just click on the name of the bread you are interested in and it lists the ingredients:

http://udisglutenfree.com/product-category/breads-rolls-buns/


Here is just one example of what you see when you click:

http://udisglutenfree.com/products/white-sandwich-bread/
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