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Sami’s Bakery, Low Carb Emporium & Carb Krunchers

Sami's BreadThis is a fascinating story. 

Sami’s Bakery obtained its domain name in May of 2003. Sami’s Bakery is located on the East Coast in Tampa, FL and was a very small local bakery until they hooked up with Lori Smith of “Low Carb Emporium” in Las Vegas NV.  Sami’s started private labeling low carb bread products for Low Carb Emporium under this same name.  As the sales of these products went nuts Sami’s had to enlarge their baking facilities.  On February 7th, 2005 Low Carb Emporium was busted by the CBS TV station in Los Angeles and PR Newswire Logoreported by pr newswire for selling these bogus low carb bread products.  Please see article here:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pure-foods-low-carb-markets-responds-swiftly-to-a-recent-kcbs-special-assignment-on-low-carb-and-removes-low-carb-emporium-bagels-from-inventory-58909902.html

I have now had a total of five Sami’s supposed low carb products tested and they have all flunked the test. Five Sami’s Bakery Breads vs Lab Results Compared Side By Side  See for yourself.  I also had the priviledge of speaking with Mary Schluckebier the Executive Director of the Celiacs Support Association www.csaceliacs.org who told me in no uncertain terms that Sami’s gluten free products were NOT gluten free. The FDA says gluten free is anything <20PPM and Sami’s tested >5000PPM.  Subsequently there were warnings put out by many & various people associated with CSA.

OregonianOregonians Lois Kaplan and Bo Bodenschatz who owned LoBo’s Low Carb World in Salem, OR took Low Carb Emporium to task and had their breads tested through Exova Laboratories right here in Portland where I have had all my testing done.  This is a terrific article done by a journalist from our local newspaper The Oregonian. Please read:  http://www.soulcysters.net/showthread.php/79334-Article-Low-Carb-Bread-Claims-Don-t-Pan-Out-In-Lab-Test

Lori Smith never would disclose the name of her manufacturer as the above article states but I have information that it was Sami’s Bakery in Tampa.  I was super excited to see that Lois and Bo lived just down the road from me in Salem but alas too much time had elapsed and as I spent endless time trying to get in contact with them, I ran into one dead end after another.

On December 1st, 2003 a blog thread on low carb friends began regarding “Low Carb Emporium” brand breads, bagels, and rolls but only ran for 3 days.  It seems everyone loved the Low Carb Emporium products because duh…it was real bread.  Pure Foods Low Carb Market in Los Angeles, CA which had been carrying the Low Carb Emporium breads and bagels quickly distanced themselves.  With the testing of the Low Carb Emporium’s breads, coupled with the pr newswire article and the attending bad press, Low Carb Emporium shuttered their doors.

Sami-s-BakeryOK.  Sami’s has now enlarged the baking facilities but has lost his big buyer.  What to do now?  Get a partner and start producing another bogus line of low carb breads; this time under the name Carb Krunchers.  All goes swimmingly until the partners have a falling out.  They split and Sami’s Bakery decides to produce their own line of low carb bread products which he sells to this day.  He has his own website; his breads are sold along the East Coast, thru the internet, and are in scores of grocery stores in Florida.  Virtually the same ingredients and same nutritionals as the Carb Krunchers (Duh…Carb Krunchers was Sami’s recipe).  These products are also sold on the low carb store website:  www.locarbconnection.com

I want to emphasize that I DO NOT inject insulin and I DO NOT take any diabetic drugs which in my opinion makes me a perfect guinea pig to test any supposed low carb product.

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February 22, 2013 Purchased From Sami’s Bakery

Below is a comparison of ingredients and should be self-explanatory.  My Carb Krunchers is shown here.

Sami’s, Diet Mart, Carb Kruncher [PDF]

Sami’s story now leads us to the recently all but demised Zomick’s Bakery & Carb Krunchers.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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