Posted 25 May 2004 - 10:41 AM
If you read the ingredients on most breads, it will usually say "wheat flour", "enriched flour", "brominated" or "bleached wheat flour". "Wheat flour" is the term used for any flour that'S been milled, enriched, bleached or brominated. It's not the same whole-wheat.
Do you have any idea what "brominated" means? Here's the definition:
Bromine: (bro'men) n.a a chemical element, usually in the form of a reddish-brown, corrosive liquid valatilizing to form a vapor that has an unpleasant odor and is very irritating to mucous membranes: used in making dyes, in photography, and, in the form of certain compounds, an antiknock motor fuel. Atomic weight 79.909; atomic number 35."
Yummy isn't it? We can now thank the food giants for making our bread snowy white. How can it be legal to use this stuff to make foods? Go figure...
But unless you want to eat this stuff, I suggest you look exclusively for bread that says "100% whole-wheat flour" or other grain. Some "wheat" bread is simply white bread with added food coloring (caramel coloring) in it to give it the apparence of whole grain bread. You have to look closely at the list of ingredients.
When you see the word "enriched", it means that it was highly processed, stripped of its natural fiber and vitamins and minerals. They then decided to ass synthetic vitamins to "enrich" what was robbed from the original grans. It's far from over though. Then they add other ingredients to keep it soft or "fresh". These can be hydrogenated oils, mono and di-glycerides, dough conditioners, etc.
Posted 25 May 2004 - 12:22 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 01:06 PM
A really annoying thing for me at the moment is when I get down to breakfast at uni and there is no brown bread left. So I have to either have sugar laden cereals or white bread. Hmm tough choice.
Posted 25 May 2004 - 11:29 PM
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