Eat Healthy

Does your bread offer any specific health benefits?
We use high quality ingredients, such as unbleached, stone-ground whole wheat flour for our whole wheat products, milk free, pure cane sugar (not high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetener), and a clean label approach to a healthy diet.

Our bread is lower in calories and carbs with a thin slice approach, high in protein, low in fat, low in sodium, and calcium contributing. According to the USDA and other sources, there is evidence of health benefits from grains, including iron, calcium, and B vitamins in your diet.

Do your products contain High Fructose Corn Syrup?
No, all of our products contain real cane sugar.

Do you offer gluten-free bread?
Currently none of our bread products are gluten-free. Gluten free production is done by a few companies and requires a dedicated certified production line. If you have Celiac disease and cannot eat gluten, we recommend your local natural store or organic section of the grocery store to find a bread that will meet your health requirements. We may try a gluten-free item in the future if enough of our customers need it.

What is the best way to store bread?
To help your bread stay fresh for a long time, be sure to store it in a dark, dry, cool location. Do not refrigerate it as this will actually make it go stale faster. Also, be careful not to let it sit where it can heat up under lights because condensation can build up inside the bag, which will cause the bread to mold. You can also freeze our bread and then thaw it when you’re ready for a fresh loaf. Our bread lasts a long time if stored properly, and we want you to enjoy your bread as long as possible!

Can bread be refrigerated or frozen?
Yes! High protein content causes rolls and bread to freeze very well. Blind taste tests and lovers of our products cannot distinguish between bread frozen for 90 days and fresh product. (Just be sure to thaw the product completely in the bag before opening it, so the moisture all gets reabsorbed into the bread.) We highly recommend that people do NOT refrigerate our products as this will actually make it go stale faster.

Where can I find the sell-by date for my product?
The best-by date for each product can be found on the packaging clip. Keep in mind that the product will last longer than that date after you take it home by storing it correctly.

What is the shelf life of Monks' Bread?
When bread leaves our plant it carries a 12 day tag. Through the use of natural monastic processes, we are able to extend the life of our bread beyond the tag. However because of handling and conditions beyond our control on trucks and in stores, we guarantee fresh for 12 days.

What is non-GMO?
“GMO” is an acronym for genetically modified organism. We are using the term GMO or genetically modified organism to refer to an organism that has been modified using gene-splicing and other methods used in a laboratory context to introduce new traits or characteristics to the organism in ways that do not occur in nature. (We refer to these methods below as genetic modification consistent with the popular use of the term, though we note that these methods might more precisely be described as genetic engineering.)

In this sense, genetic modification is one of a few methods by which the genetic composition of an organism may be modified. Other methods would include natural mutation and traditional cross-breeding methods. For more information regarding genetically modified organisms, see the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

How does Monks’ determine whether its product ingredients are non-GMO?
As part of our food safety and quality standard, the Global Food Safety Initiative requires us to acquire certificates of analysis on every ingredient we use.

Do any of Monks’ products contain preservatives?
Yes. Our products contain calcium propionate, a mold inhibitor.

Do any of Monks’ products contain food additives?
Yes. Our products contain dough conditioners that comply with FDA regulations and other applicable laws. For more information on food additives and preservatives, see the FDA website.