October 23rd, 2011Lifestyle, ReviewsMelinda 0 Comments

A balanced, healthy diet is essential for optimal health. Studies show that individuals who eat whole grain products, lean and plant based sources of protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables have less chronic disease and are more likely to be a normal weight.  Studies have also indicated that many Americans find adhering to a healthy diet challenging.  For the gluten sensitive individual or celiac patient, it is even more daunting. As the need for gluten free living increases, consumers can expect to see hundreds of products hitting the shelves.  My gluten free patients are constantly telling me how confused they are when comparing product labels, so I’ve decided to do it for them. I’ve put three popular brands up to the test, Udi’s, Genius by Glutino and Rudi’s to see which one provides the most nutrition with the greatest taste.

The most striking difference among the breads is that the Udi’s whole grain bread had less calories, carbohydrates, fat and more protein than the Genius by Glutino or Rudi’s brands. Additionally, Udi’s whole grain breads had less simple sugars and more fiber per slice than Rudi’s multigrain breads, and Udi’s Millet Chia bread had significantly more fiber than Genius by Glutino’s multigrain bread. When compared to both breads, Udi’s was the only brand that had omega 3 fatty acids in their products. Omegas 3s have been shown to help ward off heart disease, inflammation and even depression.  Udi’s whole grain hamburger buns and pizza crusts came out on top again with more protein and less fat than Rudi’s. Finally, Udi’s products generally had less sodium than Genius by Glutino’s or Rudi’s products.

The chart below outlines the relevant differences in calories, protein and fiber amongst the three brands.

Nutrition is important but taste and texture is what really makes or breaks a product. I tried several products from all three brands and found that Udi’s breads not only tasted the best but from a texture standpoint, stood up better than the other brands when used in a sandwich, toasted alone or made in a pan as a Panini.

Courtesy of Udi’s Gluten Free

Written by: Kristin Kirkpatrick. Kristin is a registered dietitian and wellness manager. She also provides expert opinions for several major magazines as well as media and web outlets. Her specialties include weight management, nutritional genomics, dieting on a budget and community/work site wellness.

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