Low Carb Bagels: Comparing The Ingredients (Are They Fake Bagels??)


Thomas Everything BagelsThere was a comment on my Facebook Page regarding the low carb bagels we’ve been discussing, referring to “fake bagels” vs “store bought bagels”.

I thought we should address that, in case you have questions about the comparison & ingredients and such.

I happened to have a bag of Thomas “Everything Bagels” in the house recently, as I had a house guest that ate those.

I took a photo of the back of the package with the nutrition facts and ingredients, so we could all take a look together and do a true product comparison given they are both “Everything Bagels” (a specific flavor), just made my different companies. And of course one is low carb, the other high carb…

Thomas Everything Bagels vs The Great Low Carb Bread Company Everything Bagels

Thomas Everything Bagels, Ingredients:

* 48 net carbs each

unbleached enriched wheat flour [flour, malted barley flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate (Vitamin B1), ribloflavin (Vitamin B2), folic acid], water, sugar, sunflower seeds, yeast, wheat gluten, sesame seeds, onions, salt, cornmeal, mono and diglycerides, preservatives (calcium propionate, sorbic acid), poppy seeds, garlic, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, cornstarch, algin, soy lecithin, citric acide, soy flour

The Great Low Carb Bread Company Everything Bagels, Ingredients:

* 2 net carbs each

water, vital wheat gluten, oat fiber, almond flour, flax seed meal, wheat fiber, wheat protein isolate, modified wheat starch, virgin olive oil, yeast, cinnamon, calcium propionate, enzyme, vinegar, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, chopped onion, chopped garlic, salt, stevia

I was actually surprised to see Stevia on the list of ingredients for the Everything Bagels. I certainly don’t taste anything sweet, or any “stevia aftertaste” in those like I do the Cinnamon Bagels from The Great Low Carb Bread Company – so it must be a VERY slight amount, being the last ingredient listed.

I did not like the Cinnamon Bagels, by the way – but some other people really did. It boils down to a Stevia preference it seems. You can read the discussion here on that.

I’ll show you the actual packages too, so you can see the ingredients and and nutrition facts for yourself:

The Great Low Carb Bread Company Everything Bagels, Ingredients:

low carb bread ingredients

Thomas Everything Bagels, Ingredients:

Thomas Everything Bagels Ingredients

Obviously the store bought Thomas brand Everything Bagels are much higher in carbs AND net carbs. The bagels from The Great Low Carb Bread Company are an obvious choice for anyone on a lower carb or diabetic diet. Plus… they taste GREAT! 😉

Click Here To Order Them Online

While comparing the packages, I noticed that The Low Carb Bagels are Kosher and NON-GMO. That made me curious, so I did a little digging and discovered NEITHER of those are the case with the Thomas Everything Bagel. Thomas does use GMO ingredients…

Overall, I’m extremely impressed with The Great Low Carb Bread Company AND their products. I’ll definitely continue ordering the Everything Bagels, and look forward to trying the other low carb breads they offer!

Lynn Terry
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Thoughts?? Leave a comment!

About Lynn Terry

I love making the low carb diet EASY for people with a busy lifestyle (like me!) with my KISS / Keep It Simple method. :) About Lynn Terry: Host of the Low Carb Challenge
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24 Responses to Low Carb Bagels: Comparing The Ingredients (Are They Fake Bagels??)

  1. Tammie says:

    I love the Thomas brand everything bagels! One of the foods I miss most. I’m glad that you shared this debate topic! I ordered my first purchase of the great bread company’s everything bagel and I can’t wait for them to get here! I can’t say anything about the taste since I haven’t had them yet but I will say that the ingredients in the great bread company’s bagels are a lot more appealing to me than the Thomas brand bagels ingredients. I would say that Thomas bagels are the real “Fake” in this debate.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I was surprised too, when I really sat down and compared the labels. And especially that the low carb bagels are non-GMO, and Thomas Bagels are not. Interesting.

      I hope you enjoy them, Tammie! Let me know what you think. 😉

  2. MARIE says:

    Lynn, have you tried the hamburger rolls ?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I haven’t – but I *love* a good cheeseburger, so I’ll put those on the list! 😀

      • Kimber Gibson says:

        The hamburger Rolls are more the consistency of eating a pretzel bun, However… WORTH it to eat an actual real cheeseburger. Heck, even great to drag along to get a fast food burger and switch the buns. I prefer them grilled or toasted, the crunch mask the slightly chewy pretzle bun texture.

    • Tammie says:

      I have!!! I can’t say that I love then “as is” because they have a chewy texture. If you toast or grill them, they are really good! They freeze well and thaw fast! Sometimes, I cut them in half and butter the insides then grill them with the insides down on the skillet and make tuna melts.

  3. Elsa Batista says:

    I kind of get thrown off a little when it comes to total carbs and net carbs. Can you explain. I when I see total carbs and net I tend to go by the total. Can you reasure me its safe for instance to be able to eat these bagels that seem to me delicious. I have over 60olbs to lose and it take forever for me, I JUST WANT TO LIVE. Thanks, love you for wanting to help us. Elsa

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  6. Lee Parrish says:

    Where do I find the good Bagels? They look great. Need some good recipe’s..I am new on here, and need some direction. I have started wit Coconut oil,Coconut sugar,Almond flour(don’t care for it), Almond milk,Coconut flour, eggs,butter, What to eat? thanks. What kind of Protein, Meats and etc. What good veggies? Fruit? thanks

  7. ethel says:

    I love the bagels, but the bread, hot dog buns and hamburger buns, not so much . They are gummy tasting to me. Only like them if toasted.

    • Tammie says:

      I totally agree!! The everything bread is really good though! Very soft and great flavor! I make grilled tuna melts and turkey Swiss sandwiches with it. I even take it to restaurants and have them use it for toast and sandwiches.

  8. Amanda Richardson says:

    I am getting together an order from Netrition. What are some of the things you really like to use from this company? I see bagels and buns. Just want to know before I order.

  9. Becky says:

    Have any of you compared these to the ThinSlim Foods Love the Taste Everything bagels?

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  12. Tina Thomas says:

    Hi! I am doing low carb 20 net carbs per day. I have ordered the sliced bread & pizza crust from that company. Not bad but expensive. I actually started to wonder if the ingredients in these products are ok to eat when doing the induction phase?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Tina,

      I don’t do phases or programs, I keep it simple: 20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum. That’s basically “induction phase” numbers, but it’s the definition of a ketogenic diet also.

      So my answer (for me) is that it’s fine – as long as it fits within my daily macros. 🙂

  13. Karla Thaler says:

    I love everything I’ve seen so far and have already ordered several of the products from netrition. Can’t wait to try them. Recently had a heart attack and absolutely NEED to be low carb, so THANK YOU for all the ideas and recipes. I am surprised to see you use Splenda in ANY way! Pure poison! Why not xylitol ?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Karla 🙂

      I don’t actually use Splenda anymore. I wrote this almost 3 years ago. I still use and love the products from Netrition though – and the low carb Everything Bread and Everything Bagels remain a favorite!

      I’m so sorry to hear you went through a heart attack recently. What a scare! A healthy low carb lifestyle is a great choice. I assume your doctor recommended that for you?

      Here’s to a healthier, happier YOU! 🙂 *cheers*

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