We Tried Aldi’s Now-Famous Keto Bread (and Looked into Whether or Not It’s Actually Keto)
By now you may have heard of Aldi’s mysterious, new keto-friendly bread that is supposed to be amazing. People have been raving about it online, saying it’s the best bread they’ve had since they started keto. The trouble is, it’s a little hard to get your hands on a loaf. (See: Aldi’s New Keto (Zero-Net-Carb) Bread Is So Hard to Find, People Are Selling It on eBay.) We had two loaves overnighted to us, straight from Aldi, so that we could review them — and we looked into whether or not it’s actually keto-friendly.
Here’s what we thought of the bread.
First a note on its availability. The L’Oven Fresh Zero Net Carb Bread was, indeed, launched as an Aldi Find. But it got so popular, the demand for it has won out and stores are saying they will be restocking it as an everyday item by mid-October. To help you plan, it’s $2.99 per loaf and available in Whole Wheat and Multiseed.
Now, onto how these loaves taste!
Simply put: We can see why keto folks like this bread so much! The slices aren’t dense or dry like lots of other options out there. In fact, they’re the opposite — light and moist! (Sorry.) They’re both a little chewy (in a good way!) and the Multiseed has real seeds and a sweet, nutty flavor. The slices are a little smaller than most conventional bread, and the whole wheat is smaller than the multiseed, but it’s still bread! For keto dieters!
Which brings us to your next point. We’ve gotten a few email from you guys, so we wanted to take a minute to discuss whether or not these loaves actually count for the keto diet. “The bread advertised as keto friendly is not. Whole wheat is not keto. Keto is no grains, starches, sugars or preservatives,” one reader writes. “Keto is not about just low carb, and that bread is loaded in wheat, flours and more. It’s anti-Keto, but yes, low-carb,” says another reader.
We hear you! Whether or not the bread is keto-friendly really depends on how strict of a keto follower you are.
Most keto diets have you shooting for between 20 to 50 grams of carbs a day. And that’s net carbs. Net carbs are the grams of total carbohydrates in a food minus its grams of total fiber. (“Fiber is a carbohydrate that your body can’t digest, so it doesn’t count toward the amount of carbs that can trigger an insulin response, which too much of can prevent your body from going into that ketosis state,” says our in-house Registered Dietitian, Sheela Prakash.) These loaves have 9 total carbohydrates but they’re all fiber, so that brings us to zero net carbs. For a more detailed explanation, check out the link below.
Keto is a diet that’s very low in gluten (because it’s so low-carb), but if you’re not celiac, you can consume gluten — as long as the carb count is keto-friendly, which this bread is. Of course, some keto folks would rather just avoid grains altogether, so it’s really up to you.
Have you seen this bread in your local Aldi? Did you try it?