These are two companies that vastly differ in terms of the bread products offered, both in the type of bread and in the quantity produced. However, they share one very similar quality—both companies are marketed to be a healthier alternative to “regular” bread.
Is this true? And if so, how do they stack up to each other and which comes out on top in terms of taste and health benefits?
The Different Flours Used for Bread, and Why the Distinction Matters
Bread differs all around the world, but all share the same main foundation—a starter made with flour and water. Afterwards, many other things can be added to give distinction to the different types of bread—ingredients such as salt, oils, fats, sugar, nuts, and more.
However, bread type is mainly based on the type of flour used, rather than the added ingredients.
For instance, gluten-free loaves have to be made from flours that don’t contain wheat, rye, or barley, i.e. flours with gluten. This is usually achieved by using nut-based flours like almond or buckwheat flour.
Gluten-free bread is also usually made with a combination of several gluten-free flours to help with texture. This seems like it should be reasonably healthy, but sometimes other additives and preservatives are put in that make it incompatible with clean eating.
The healthiest breads are typically made from whole wheat, whole grain, rye, spelt, or a similar type of flour. This is because the fiber and nutrients in these flours are higher than in others.
However, since white loaves tend to be the most popular in the United States, health doesn’t seem to be the priority for many bread-buyers. Why are white loaves bad? Well, they aren’t all bad, but many white breads are made from unhealthy flour that’s been overly processed and refined, leaving few health benefits to them.
Dave’s Killer Bread vs. Uprising Food
Dave’s Killer Bread is a company known for multiple types of healthy bread, and it’s stocked in grocery stores all around the United States.
In comparison, Uprising Food is a growing powerhouse known for their superfood bread that proves just because bread doesn’t have gluten doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious or can’t pack a healthy punch.
Dave’s Killer Bread
Dave’s Killer Bread company offers a large array of products varying from multiple types of bread loaves, to bagels, to English muffins, and more. The company is becoming well renowned for its delicious flavors and organic ingredients. Plus, Dave’s Killer Bread is organic and full of whole grains.
It’s true, Dave’s Killer Bread does have many healthy ingredients, but they also include additives in their products. The most concerning? Added sugar.
Not only do they add sugar, but it’s unusually high on their list of ingredients, meaning a larger quantity is added relative to the ingredients listed after it. Most of the other ingredients are healthy, but no added sugar is healthy in any amount, whether it’s organic or not.
We at Uprising Food take pride in using ingredients that you’ll recognize and love. With just baking powder, organic egg whites, salt, apple cider vinegar, and water in combination with golden flaxseed, almonds, and psyllium husk (three fiber powerhouses), we make delicious products that you’ll love to make staple parts of your diet.
Our bread is considered a superfood, which is a food that is rich in tons of beneficial nutrients for your health like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The surprise is twofold once you find out how delicious it is while still being good for you!
High levels of fiber are our superfood bread’s biggest draw, as we offer nearly triple the amount of fiber you’ll see in competing bread brands while also having less than half of the number of net carbs per slice in those competing brands as well.
A delicious taste, great fiber, and health boosting benefits, and all at an agreeable price—what more could you want?
To top it off, our bread at Uprising Food is paleo-diet approved, keto-diet friendly, and uses absolutely zero added sugar in our recipe. No, we’re not kidding!
What Should You Look for When You Buy Bread?
Looking for a healthy loaf of bread but feel a bit lost in those grocery store aisles? Below are a few things to look out for when browsing your options.
> Flour quality
In terms of flour to avoid, bleached and refined flour are high on the list of flours that are not necessarily the healthiest options. Additionally, white flour, in general, is not as beneficial as other flours, such as ones made from whole grains and sprouted grains. This is because the fiber and overall nutrient content of white flour is extremely low compared to other less processed flours.
> Too many ingredients
Food with incredibly long lists of ingredients, especially for a food generally considered a staple base food like bread, should be treated with caution.
It is always a better idea to eat as clean as possible. To that end, having shorter lists of ingredients can help, guiding you to avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives, or at least be made more aware of them.
Mass production has led to many companies using additives and preservatives to make things easier to store, last longer, and easier to make.
Additives are ingredients that help the appearance or taste of the food. Some, like salt and sugar, serve as both an additive and a preservative, and aren’t the worst things in the world to consume, but keep in mind that too much of anything can be unhealthy.
Preservatives are used to slow bacteria growth in food and make it last longer without expiring. This sounds like a good thing -- having food that can last longer and lead to less tedious grocery store trips. But it is easier and cheaper for companies to use artificial preservatives, which ideally should only be consumed in limited amounts.
> Ingredients you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce
If you are reading a list of ingredients and don’t understand what most of them do nevertheless can even pronounce them, you might want to think twice about what you’re about to put in your body.
These are likely additives and preservatives, but the bottom line is that you should never consume any product if you don’t understand what’s actually inside of it. In many cases, this can be difficult because there are so many products and ingredients from around the world that you might not be aware of. But that is what research is for!
What To Look For
Fiber should be everyone’s best friend. It is the woefully ignored part of food that is so beneficial to overall health. The higher the fiber amount in your bread, the better off you and your gut will be!
> Type of grain
Whole grains and sprouted grains tend to be the best for “normal” bread. Then, almond flour, rice flour, and buckwheat flour are best for gluten-free breads.
> Low sugar content
Less sugar is always better. Some breads contain natural sugar, and others use added sugar. Added sugar isn’t great for you, so try to keep your consumption to a minimum.
Two companies with vastly different approaches to what makes a healthy bread—how do they stack up against each other?
Dave’s Killer Bread has a large variety of bread products to choose from, but the ingredients aren’t compatible with a keto lifestyle. In comparison, Uprising Food has fewer products, but our products are superfoods that have proven to be one of the healthiest of their kind on the market (and are keto and paleo-friendly).
The best part? You get all of our bread’s health benefits at a reasonable price without sacrificing shockingly good health.
Choose health. Choose Uprising Food.