Gluten Zero Bread Hits the Shelves

Several weeks ago, a friend and blog reader told us that they found gluten-free Dempster’s bread (called Gluten Zero) in the bakery section of their local Sobeys! Last week, we found some in the Downsview Mall Sobeys, so we picked up a loaf of white bread to try. (It also comes in multigrain.) At $5.99, the price is comparable to brands like Udi’s and Glutino, although the loaf is slightly smaller. (We did get a coupon that brought the price down to $4.99). One of the nice things about this bread is that it is not supposed to be frozen by the retailer: it’s baked and delivered fresh within a few days.

Here’s what the bag looks like:

GlutenZero White Bread

For our taste test, we toasted two slices and added margarine. The outside was nice and crisp, but I found the inside a bit gooey. (I think that this is because tapioca flour, starch, and syrup are high on the ingredients list. The other main flour is rice.) However, it really tasted like white bread with no weird aftertaste. I’ve also read that this bread is great for sandwiches and can be enjoyed without being toasted. As a bonus, this bread is produced in a dedicated facility and certified by the Canadian Celiac Association!

As far as nutritional value goes, here’s what you’re looking at for two slices:

  • 190 calories
  • 4.5 grams of fat
  • 430 milligrams of sodium
  • 35 grams of carbohydrates
  • 3 grams of sugar

All of these values are higher than Udi’s white bread, which has the following nutritional value per two slices:

  • 140 calories
  • 4 grams of fat
  • 300 milligrams of sodium
  • 22 grams of carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of sugar

(We’ve chosen Udi’s as a comparison since it’s the most similar to the bread we tried. Also, we had some in the house. :))

I don’t think that this bread will replace Udi’s in our house, but it’s really nice to have another great-tasting option. We’ll be trying the multigrain next!


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  1. #1 by emisformaker on November 1, 2013 - 11:33 am

    I like that the Dempster’s product doesn’t have corn in it since, in addition to gluten issues, I can’t have corn. It’s ridiculously hard to find prepared GF foods without corn, though, since corn is GF. Also, oddly, Dempster’s doesn’t have their Gluten Zero bread anywhere on their website. I know it exists, since I’ve eaten it (and so have you), but neither hide nor hair of it is to be found on any of their web-presences. Bizarre.
    Thanks for the great post!

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on November 1, 2013 - 12:17 pm

      That’s a good point about the corn – I totally didn’t notice that. A lot of people who are sensitive to wheat are sensitive to corn too, and that must be so hard! It is weird that it’s not on their website. Hopefully that will change!

  2. #3 by RD on April 15, 2014 - 12:54 pm

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