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Gluten-Free Grocery Store Bread Reviewed

Journal of Gluten Sensitivity Summer 2015 Issue - Originally published July 16, 2015

Celiac.com 11/17/2015 - For most people, when they think of gluten, the first thing that comes to mind is bread. And for most people with celiac or a gluten sensitivity, that is what we miss most.

Image: CC--Rami MalkawiWhile people with celiac or gluten sensitivity may never be able to experience the wide selection or soft texture that "glutenous" bread offers, there are still some tasty gluten-free bread options available at most grocery stores. In order to find the best gluten-free bread options, I went to my local Giant Eagle and tried all of the gluten-free bread available and explored four main aspects: taste, texture, price, and variety.

The three brands of gluten-free bread offered at Giant Eagle were Schar, Udi's, and Goodbye Gluten.

In the variety category, Udi's offered the largest selection of bread with the choice of white bread, multigrain bread, cinnamon raisin bread, and millet-chia bread and omega flax and fiber bread. Udi's also offers a large variety of other products ranging from muffins and cookies, to pizza crusts and tortillas.

While Udi's may have the largest variety of the three brands, Schar offered a few different kinds of bread as well, with a cinnamon raisin and multigrain option along with an assortment of rolls.

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In the category of price, Goodbye Gluten came in as the most inexpensive per ounce at $0.27 per ounce. Udi's was in the middle $0.37 per oz. and Schar was the most expensive of the three, coming in at $0.40 per oz.

Now let's get down to business. Taste and texture—the two aspects that are hardest to get right when making gluten-free bread. In my opinion, Udi's won both categories with the tastiness, most normal textured bread. My only critique was the slices of bread weren't big enough! All three brands seemed to have their slices of bread on the smaller side, but Udi's bread seemed to be especially small.

Although Udi's took the first prize in three of the four categories, that is not to say the other two brands were not good. I was impressed with all three brands, but my main critique covers the texture category.

The Goodbye Gluten bread seemed to be very dense, and while most gluten-free bread crumbles more than normal, I felt that the Goodbye Gluten loaf broke easier than the other two. However, it was very moist, something that is hard to come by in gluten-free bread.

With the Schar bread, I felt that it was a little dry and grainy rather than moist and chewy like normal gluten filled bread. However, I found that when I toasted the bread, it had a texture more consistent with normal toast.

Overall, I was satisfied with all three brands, but Udi's was the favorite. With the texture and taste being spot on, I did not need much else to convince me, but the added bonus of the reasonable price and large variety made it the most desirable gluten-free bread available.

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SWells
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17 Nov 2015 10:42:38 PM PDT
Canyon Bakehouse at Giant is our bread of choice.

 
Judy
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23 Nov 2015 9:55:48 AM PDT
If you have an Aldi's store in your area, they have a very good gluten free bread and the price is very good. Their gluten free wraps are also good and reasonably priced.

 
C. Gioia
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23 Nov 2015 12:50:22 PM PDT
I think Canyon Bakehouse breads are far superior to the three breads that were mentioned in the article. Also, King Arthur Flour makes a GF bread mix that is easy to use if you don't mind baking.

 
Rosalyn
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24 Nov 2015 11:33:35 AM PDT
I disagree. Overall Schar is the best, especially their artisanal bread which is found on the shelf and not in the freezer area.

 
peony
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24 Nov 2015 12:46:19 PM PDT
I wish I could find bread without xanthum gum and organic fillers.




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