The grain rye is known to have a low glycemic index, which means that when eaten, it raises blood sugar levels more slowly and to less of a degree than do foods with higher glycemic indices. This can mean less weight gain when excessive calories are consumed, less food addiction, lower insulin levels in the body, and so on. So I started regularly stocking this Pepperidge Farm Jewish Rye Seeded Bread in my freezer, as surplus weight and I are indeed old friends. Rye bread as a decent alternative to the more sugary white breads, and a more flavorful, aromatic choice besides. A fresh loaf smells wonderful, distinctly like rye, and its mild yet well-defined flavor compliments most any sandwich. Strange however, that this bread contains more wheat than rye. So I’m not sure just how much of rye’s low glycemic index benefits I’m actually realizing by switching to this product. But the taste and somewhat more dense texture is, hands down, superior to that of white bread. So though they may be less of a health benefit from rye bread than I’d first estimated, there’s clearly a flavor benefit,
Benefits and Features
- Though there’s less rye flour than wheat in this product, rye is by far the dominant flavor.
- The slices have lots of area, at about five inches long, four inches wide.
- The color of this bread is light yellow; very close to white. So if it’s the color of white bread that draws you to it, I think you’d still appreciate this rye bread.
- Like other Pepperidge Farm rye bread variations, this product offers double bagging for added freshness.
- Yet this does not prevent easy inspection of the bread inside, as both bags are mostly transparent.
- Since I consume only several slices of any bread per week, and since if not frozen, my loaves nearly always develop mold before I finish them, I store all my breads in the freezer and pull out individual slices as I require them. This prevents the mold, and allows for long-term storage of this product. this Jewish rye bread in fact, stores in the freezer quite well and keeps for up to a year (or more) in there.
- No bleached flour.
- This bread lives up, in every way, to the high standards that the Pepperidge Farm name it bears represents. I consider it a high-quality bread product.
- The slices are each, rather thin. So they’re not very strong, unless you toast them.
- This product is sold in what appear to be half-loaves, and so, you only get one end crust per copy. Since I really enjoy eating the crusts as toast, I feel a bit short-changed.
- Contains added sugar and wheat gluten.
- At over $4 per 16-ounce loaf at my favorite grocery stores, this premium quality bread, also bears a premium price.
- This bread does not stay fresh for very many days unless frozen. It often sweats if left at room temperature, and this excess moisture can cause early development of mold on it. The double bagging may aggravate this situation.
- The loaves are significantly smaller than those of other breads, and considerably higher-priced besides.
- Get rid of the double wrapping, please.
- Sell this product in whole loaves; not the half ones it’s currently marketed in.
This rye bread works well for grilled cheese sandwiches, and serves well as a light-shaded alternative to dark pumpernickel bread, if pumpernickel is not your fancy. It’s also great for cutting up into small, square pieces and then dipping into your favorite sauces and dips.
Unbromated unbleached enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid), water, rye flour, yeast, wheat gluten. Contains 2 percent or less of caraway seeds, salt, soybean oil, wheat flour, mono and diglycerides, unsulphated molasses, lactic acid, sugar, calcium proponate and sorbic acid to retard spoilage, malted barley flour, dextrose, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onions, and enzymes.
- Serving size: 1 slice (32 grams, 1.1 ounce). Servings per container: 14.
- Calories per serving: 80. Calories from fat: 10.
- Total fat: 1 gram, 2% DV.
- Saturated fat: 0 grams, 0% DV.
- Trans fat: 0 grams.
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0 grams.
- Monounsaturated fat: 0 grams.
- Cholesterol: 0 milligrams, 0% DV.
- Sodium: 170 milligrams, 7% DV.
- Total carbohydrate: 15 grams, 5% DV.
- Dietary fiber: 2 grams, 8% DV.
- Sugars: 1 gram.
- Protein: 3 grams.
- Vitamin A: 0% DV.
- Calcium: 2% DV.
- Thiamin: 10% DV.
- Niacin: 6% DV.
- Vitamin C: 0% DV.
- Iron: 4% DV.
- Riboflavon: 6% DV.
- Folate: 6% DV.
In spite of this product’s expense, I will continue using it as a healthier alternative to white bread in my kitchen for sandwiches and toast I’d rate this rye bread at 92 out of 100.
Where to Buy
Pepperidge Farm breads are found at bigger grocery outlets. Look for this lighter-colored-but-not-white bread in the clear plastic bag with the inner cellophane wrap and the white and red label.