Friday, March 27, 2009

Homemade Bread Is Healthier than Store Bought Bread and That’s A Fact!

One of the first things you smell when you enter a grocery store is the mouth-watering smell of fresh baked bread and cookies. That’s why they always put the bakery right next to the front door. They’re very clever, grocery stores, because that smell makes you hungry and hungry people buy more food. See, clever! But what they can’t give you is that fresh baked bread smell in your own kitchen.

Bread is one of the oldest known recipes to man. It’s been around for several hundred millennia ...

Do you know the roll bread plays in the “good health and better body” scenario? Well, let me tell you a few secrets about making bread.

Bread and Nutrition

Many commercial types of bread are highly refined. Enriched breads have the original nutrients stripped out and replaced with inferior, often lesser quantities of standard vitamins and minerals. Some companies will try to produce wholesome-looking bread by adding grains to the outside, even when the main ingredient is enriched bread. High fructose corn syrup is often added as a sweetener.

The first thing to look at when purchasing breads is the ingredients list. Look for breads where the very first ingredient is whole grain or stone ground rather than enriched (even if whole grains follow the enriched flour ingredient). Look for natural sweeteners like molasses or honey over high fructose corn syrup. Preferably, the sweetener and salt should be last on the ingredients list.

Just think about it for a minute...If you buy high quantities of bread it will last longer because it contains additives or preservatives. The most basic ingredients list will look like this: whole-wheat flour, water, salt. There should be a few grams of protein and fiber per slice low protein and/or fiber is a sign of excessive processing that has stripped these nutrients, and implies that the other nutrients will be missing as well.

The sweetener (corn syrup fructose) will put pounds on you and you won’t even know it’s coming from the bread. Who puts sugar in bread? Making bread has been getting easier through the years until we come to today where you can make bread in less than five minutes and have fresh baked bread for the rest of the week. How’s that?

Homemade Bread Is Healthier

It is much healthier to bake your own bread instead of buying bread that contains chemical additives, hydrogenated oils, unhealthy preservatives, and fattening sweeteners. If you buy white bread you're also getting bread that is nutritionless. I don’t know if that’s a word or not but there is no and I mean no nutrition in store bought bread. So, don't be fooled, store bought whole wheat bread is just as bad for you.

A lot of times the whole wheat bread sold in stores isn't really made out of "whole meal" but is just white bread that is colored (using caramel) to make it appear like it's whole grain and healthy. Store bought whole wheat bread also contains the same emulsifiers and chemical by-products that are in store bought white bread.

Baking your own bread never has any of these "hidden dangers" or chemicals in bread, which have been proven by medical studies to cause cancer.

Instead you can control every ingredient that goes into your bread, and you'll know exactly how it is processed and created and in five minutes.

Don’t spend hours making bread the old fashion way--use Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois new way of making bread at home in five minutes flat. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day shows you how to make a batch and have fresh, homemade, home baked bread every day but without the hassle. No need for a bread maker you can make the basic batch with a bowl and a wooden spoon.

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