Food for Life and Uprising Food—two companies well known for their gluten-free bread choices. Yet, the way their products are made and the ingredients used vastly differ.
Who will come out on top as the master of gluten-free bread?
The Truth About Gluten-Free Bread
Gluten-free bread has long been touted as the healthy alternative to bread, better for everyone and not just gluten-sensitive people. However, is this really true?
It’s estimated that around 18 million people in the United States alone have some sort of gluten sensitivity without having a full blown intolerance.
While intolerance can result in the immune system actually attacking the small intestines, gluten sensitivity symptoms can range from mild discomfort to GI distress, so gluten-free bread can be the path back to much-missed sandwiches and toast if you’re one of the 18 million.
Unless you have a gluten intolerance or related illness, gluten-free bread is not necessarily a healthier option for you.
Bread is a natural source of important B vitamins. However, gluten-free bread and some white bread lack these vitamins and other nutrients, and can cause nutritional gaps if you’re not making up for it in other parts of your diet.
The whole grains found in bread are especially beneficial to health because of the fiber quantities they contain, something most gluten-free bread lacks. A lack of fiber is a leading cause of GI issues in the United States, and most gluten-free breads aren’t going to be much help in moving things along down there.
Why We’re Different
Although our products are made without gluten, they more than make up for the lack of nutrients that gluten-free bread is notorious for. This is because we designed our bread around superfoods that will get you the nutrients that you need.
Superfoods are foods that are low in calories but carry extremely high amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and just overall nourishing components—think kimchi, acai berries, nuts, legumes, and even some teas.
Our bread offers nearly triple the amount of fiber, a higher amount of protein and healthy fats, and less than half the average amount of carbs in normal bread.
Food For Life Gluten-Free Bread vs. Uprising Food
We have two bread companies that pride themselves on their gluten-free bread, but which is the healthier option for you?
Food For Life Gluten-Free Bread
The company Food For Life has an array of different types of bread to choose from, and gluten-free options are only a few of the choices offered.
Gluten-free bread doesn't include grains like rye, wheat, and barley. In Food For Life’s case, they mainly offer bread made of rice flour as their gluten-free alternative. But what else are they adding to their loaves?
Rice flour doesn't rise quite right on its own, even with the addition of yeast, so to this end, Food For Life has to utilize other ingredients like tapioca flour to make the bread bake more like normal bread.
Tapioca contains few to no nutrients, so many consider it to be seriously inferior to other flours, as it’s mainly empty calories.
Uprising Food offers bread made without gluten; however, our bread has no surprise empty ingredients. Instead, we offer a superfood that can give you the fiber you need basked into a delicious recipe at an agreeable price.
We pride ourselves on making a simple recipe bread with as little as apple cider vinegar, organic egg whites, baking powder, salt, and water in combination with three fiber powerhouses: almonds, psyllium husk, and golden flaxseed. That’s all, and yes, we’re serious.
Our use of minimal ingredients plays a part in what we strive for—a way to look at clean consumption of food. No additives that you can barely pronounce, let alone know the purpose for, and no processed chemicals. None of that here!
Not convinced yet? Our bread is also keto-diet friendly, paleo-diet approved, dairy-free, and made with zero added sugar.
Still not convinced? Why not try our 3-Day Toast Challenge and see the magic happen for yourself!
Buying Bread: What To Look For
Mass production of bread has led to hundreds of different types of loaves available in stores all around the world. Each looks delicious, but how do you know what type to choose?
Good Bread Qualities
Bread, by nature, generally has fewer nutrients and vitamins than other food. Therefore bread that has more of these attributes are the ones to look for.
Fiber is one of the most beneficial aspects of bread and is vital to our diets.
Our studies show that most Americans have an extreme lack of fiber in their diets, which shows itself as gastrointestinal discomfort among other health issues. The simple change of adding a little more fiber to your diet can improve your gut and bowel health drastically, and GI health is a huge part of your health overall!
Sprouted wheat, whole grains, almonds—all of these ingredients can add up to a nourishing flour that makes for healthier bread.
Sugar is not an uncommon ingredient in bread; however, there are healthier alternatives to add sweetness to your bread other than the use of added sugar that’s likely been highly refined and processed.
Even with these healthier alternatives, sugar is sugar, and if you’re looking for healthy bread, there should at most only be a few grams per slice in your loaf.
Bad Bread Qualities
Most of bread’s bad qualities come from ingredient choice. There are three main issues to look out for, gluten-free or not:
Long lists of ingredients allude to needless additives and preservatives being added to your bread.
Additives and preservatives are added to bread to improve its look, durability, and texture. These are regularly used in the mass production of bread, and yet so few people understand what they are.
Not all additives are bad, such as salt and sugar (which are also preservatives), but when there is too much added, it can have a negative effect.
Preservatives are used to give bread a longer shelf life. They slow bacteria growth in bread, thus pushing the expiration date back. Though useful in that regard, companies tend to use artificial preservatives to up revenue since their product lasts longer before spoiling. Artificial preservatives aren’t beneficial to your health and should be consumed only at minimal quantities.
If you’re looking to avoid unhealthy flour, stay away from refined flour, white flour, and bleached flour. They are typically made by stripping away the few nutrients flour has in the first place.
As a general rule of thumb for anything you consume, you should always be aware of what you are putting into your body. Unfortunately, many companies use unknown ingredients that are hard to even pronounce. This typically means that these ingredients are artificial preservatives and additives, which, again, are not always bad for you, but you should always research anything artificial or unknown to you before ingesting it.
Being cautious of what you consume will only be beneficial to you in the long run. It is a healthy eating practice that can help you be more aware of what you’re putting in your body.
Gluten-free bread is a necessary staple for those with gluten intolerances and sensitivities, putting bread back on the menu for millions.
But which bread is better—Food for Life Gluten-Free Bread or Uprising Food’s Superfood Bread?
The answer is easy—it’s the one with actual nutrients, ours! It’s hard to compete with superfoods that nourish you and support your health, let alone one that tastes this good!