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Be a bread detective

Let’s be honest, we all love bread! Whether you favor sourdough or a crusty baguette or whole wheat, you should know what is in the bread you eat .Home made bread or loaves from a bakery stay fresh for just a few days. In the United States, the loaves you find on the supermarket shelves are intended to last several days without spoiling. This " industrial bread” is often loaded with additives to increase the shelf life. Here are a few suggestions on what to look for on the label of your next bread purchase to ensure it is tasty AND healthy:

  1. The first ingredient should be whole grain flour. (usually from wheat unless you are gluten sensitive).

  2. 100% whole grain

  3. At least 2 grams of fiber per slice or ounce.

  4. No added sugars.

  5. Non of the following additives-hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, DATEM, potassium bromate, azodicarbonamide. These last two additives have been banned in Europe.

    If your favorite bread contains seeds such as flax seeds, pumpkin seeds or chia seeds, then you are getting some healthy Omega 3 oil as a bonus!


Patty Kelley