Last Updated on January 17, 2020
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a product review of the Aldi zero net carbs bread. For an in-depth analysis of the bread, including a timeline of when it has and will show up in stores, click here.
Joshua also contributed to this post.
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In recent years, we’ve seen a bigger push for cutting down on carbohydrates, rooted in recent science that has told us that the old carb-heavy food pyramid was, well, a really bad idea. (Science also seems to indicate that a moderate carb intake may be a better idea.) A number of diets, from the paleo to the keto, have pushed for lower carb intake, which has in turn spurred a rise in low-carb alternatives to foods that are traditionally higher in carbs.
In early 2019, Aldi dropped L’Oven Fresh Zero Net Carbs Bread into stores as an ALDI Find, and it was a massive hit … so massive, in fact, that it disappeared from shelves almost as soon as it was released. People raved about how well it worked as an alternative to traditional bread. For weeks afterward, Aldi customer service kept telling customers that it wasn’t coming back anytime soon, even as Aldi workers online claimed they had proof the stuff was headed back to stores in October of 2019.
The workers were right.
It’s been a wild ride, but Aldi finally has zero net carbs bread available as an everyday purchase, at least in some regions. And we finally got our hands on it, after it landed on our Regular Buy shelves. [NOTE: Shortly after this review, the bread disappeared again. You can read our thoughts on when it might return here.]
Aldi’s L’Oven Fresh Keto Friendly Zero Net Carbs Bread comes in wheat or multiseed varieties. It cost $3.49 for a 14-oz. loaf at the time of publication: that’s about 50 cents more than it was as an ALDI Find, although it is still a lot less than zero net carb breads we’ve seen anywhere else. We purchased the wheat bread variety to try.
Ingredients and Nutrition
A single slice (28 grams) of the wheat bread has 45 calories, 1 gram of total fat (1% of your daily value), 0 grams saturated fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 75 mg of sodium (3% DV), 9 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 9 grams of dietary fiber (32% DV), 0 grams of sugars, and 5 grams of protein.
While the bread does contain 9 grams of total carbohydrates, the fine print on the package states that 9 grams of total carbs minus 9 grams of dietary fiber equals 0 grams of net carbs. Fiber is a type of carb that the body does not absorb, so when all or most of the carbs in this bread are from fiber, they should simply pass through the body. (Just be aware that eating a lot of fiber can have an effect on the other end of the digestive system.)
Ingredients are: modified wheat starch, water, wheat gluten, wheat protein isolate, oat fiber (chicory), vegetable fiber, wheat bran, soybean oil, yeast, vinegar, salt, and preservatives (calcium propionate, sorbic acid). Those with allergies should be aware this contains wheat.
Some people might debate whether this is truly a “keto” bread or not. We’ve discussed this question elsewhere, but we’ll ultimately leave that one up to individual consumers.
Texture and Taste
Some other companies have tried their hands at keto friendly bread, with mixed results. It can be difficult to get the texture right. So how does Aldi’s keto friendly bread stack up?
In our view, there are two ways to evaluate this bread: 1) how it compares to regular bread and 2) how it compares to other zero net carb bread. Each reader is going to use different criteria. To an extent, probably both of those things are important: you want something that is as close to regular bread as possible, and hopefully better than what some others have done.
We haven’t tried other zero net carb breads, so we looked at how this compared to regular bread.
You probably wouldn’t expect this to be an exact duplicate of regular bread, and in our opinion it isn’t. It’s a little bit chewier than regular bread, even when toasted, and if you just eat it plain (which most people wouldn’t) there is a bit of an aftertaste to it.
However, it’s a remarkably good attempt. We tried it with various things on it, and we discovered that, if you use it for things you often use bread for, it does a good job. When you add things like butter and jam, it tastes mostly just like … well, bread. And that’s precisely what people who are getting this bread probably want.
There’s a lot of hype behind this zero net carb bread, and it’s easy to see why. You wouldn’t think of bread as something that could be carb-free, but this bread comes close, thanks to having carbs made entirely of fiber. And while it does have its limitations — it’s a little chewier than normal bread — it is a close approximation, especially when you doctor it with butter and jam or sandwich toppings the way you doctor most breads. If you’re serious about a low-carb diet and you’re willing to pay more for it, L’Oven Fresh Keto Friendly Zero Net Carbs Bread might be just what you’re looking for.