Battle of the breads: Udi’s vs. Rudi’s

 

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Left: Udi’s  Right: Rudi’s

It’s been at least a couple of years since I’ve tried GF bread last. My memory of it was that it was very hard and practically inedible unless toasted. Definitely not something you could make sandwiches with. Therefore, it was with some reservation that I purchased GF breads for V to try. I had all but given up on making sandwiches for her, figuring that maybe we can do grilled cheese once in a while, or a breakfast toast, with a GF version. Boy, was I in for a surprise. The bread tastes pretty much like real bread! Udi’s and Rudi’s were the two most commonly found breads, so they were the first ones to go through our trial. We tried only multigrain breads for both brands, but there are other varieties available. 

Taste: thumbs up for both! Rudi’s has a slightly sweeter taste to it and has a slightly more moist texture and flavor. I have a slight preference for Udi’s. However, my daughter says she likes them both equally and cannot pick a favorite. 

Texture: both breads are soft enough to use for sandwiches. They are not as soft as regular gluten bread but are not hard or  crumbly. Udi’s feels a little drier; Rudi’s feels a little more moist or oily. Rudi’s also has more seeds in it. 

Carb content: Udi’s wins the prize for lower carb count. Two slices of bread are only 22 g. In contrast, Rudi’s bread is 17 g. per each slice. If you make a sandwich with otherwise carb-free ingredients, you are looking at a 22g vs. 34g. sandwich – this can make a big difference in you meal planning and insulin dosage.

Accessibility: both breads are found at Sprouts and Trader Joe’s, and Rudi’s is sold at Costco. (As a side note, I found Udi’s hamburger and hot dog buns in Vons, much to my surprise.)

Price: Here is where Rudi’s wins the prize. It is sold at Costco as a two-pack for $6.99. The price of Udi’s single loaf at Trader Joe’s is $4.99. Nowadays, you would be hard-pressed to find a loaf of GF bread for under $4.

Bottom line: Udi’s or Rudi’s: hurray for good tasting GF bread! As I mentioned before, you can find GF hamburger and hot dog buns as well, and they taste very much like regular buns, only not as soft.

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