Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels Make Me Feel Bad for Those With Celiac

I’m a big fan of balancing things out in my diet…even if it doesn’t work out. Since I likes me my soy patties, I try to drink rice, hazlenut, or coconut milks instead of soy milk.

Sometimes, the morning is too rushed to make something so I grab a bagel with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese on my way to work. However, if I then go get a wrap or veggie burger, the gluten packed items start to pile up, especially if I turn around and have something seitan. So, when I saw a coupon in the Whole Foods circular for Udi’s (not to be confused with Rudi’s, which I have yet to try) Gluten-Free breads and bagels, I thought it would be a good chance to try something new and balance the scales. [Note: Udi’s is Dairy Free but not Vegan; they use honey and eggs.]

I eagerly bought the Whole Wheat bagels and now I’m eargerly waiting for them to expire. A bit of a sawdust grit to them…about as bland in flavor too. I tried one half straight from the bag with Tofutti Non-Dairy Cream Cheese spread over it. Then the other half the same, just popped in the microwave for a few seconds to warm up the cream cheese. Uh, no. I choked it down, then needed something to get the taste out of my mouth. Another morning, cause I’d checked the code date and figured I should try again, I piled on the Tofutti Cream Cheese on a half and still couldn’t offset the eating cardboard feeling. I put the other half back in the bag. I’m stubborn, I twisted open the bag today and pulled out that leftover half, popped it in the toaster, then spread out some vegan butter and waited for it to melt in. What a waste of some good vegan butter.

Only 4 come in a bag for $5.99…and I’m hoping the last two mold before I get to them so I have a good justification for tossing them in the trash.

So many amazing things are being made  gluten-free for those who have Celiac Disease, it’s almost upsetting to me. Since Celiac is considered a disease, it seems that stricter regulations are being imposed and more restaurants are hoping on the gluten-free bandwagon, than for vegan and vegetarian options. Still, like vegans and vegetarians, those with Celiac shouldn’t have to settle. A morning bagel is not worth this effort. I was tested for Celiac, but don’t have it; even if I had this intolerance, I’d rather skip breads altogether than suffer through this option.

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2 thoughts on “Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels Make Me Feel Bad for Those With Celiac

  1. Hi Sarah-

    My name is Jillian and I am the Social Media Coordinator at Udi’s Gluten Free Foods. I am sorry to hear that you had a very dry batch of bagels. This is not the kind of quality we allow out the door. We pride ourselves in having high standards for taste, texture, and overall quality, therefore If you are interested in replacement product I am happy to do so for you. Please shoot me an e-mail so we can discuss further.

    Thank you,
    Jillian w/ Udi’s Gluten Free Foods

    1. Thank you for the offer Jillian! If the ones I had weren’t typical, I’d hate to write them off, so I will be sure to message you soon. It’s good for customers to know that a company cares that they’re satisfied.

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