Health Benefits To Baking Your Own Whole Wheat Bread

To see for yourself what I'm talking about, go get a loaf of bread that you've bought from the store, now read the ingredient list and google all of the really long words that don't sound like natural ingredients. You will be shocked at what you discover. <p>
For example, the ingredient "monoglycerides," found in almost every store bought bread, is actually hydrogenated oil/fat otherwise known as trans fat. Hydrogenated oil is oil saturated with hydrogen at a high temperature. This creates tight bonds with the hydrogen which allows it to remain semisolid at room temperature and increases shelf life drastically by delaying rancidity. What allows it to be solid is how tightly the molecules of the fat bond to each other. In your blood stream this means the fat clumps to itself much easier and clogs your veins much easier.<p>
This is why hydrogenated oils and trans fats have been labeled "the silent killer" because they dramatically increase the risk of coronary heart disease. The bread manufacturers try to be sneaky and put monoglycerides in the list of ingredients in place of hydrogenated oils to fool you. You could look at the nutrition panel on the same loaf of bread with the ingredient monoglycerides and under trans fats it will list zero grams. This is because under FDA regulations if the serving contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat, the package is free to say it has zero. <p>
But lets say you eat four slices of bread (with each serving containing 0.4 grams of trans fat) then you just consumed 1.6 grams of trans fat, despite the fact that the nutrition panel on your bread claims that it has zero grams of trans fat per serving.<p>
You can't trust store bought bread, it's that simple. The bread manufacturing companies do what they can to save money in production of the bread but in the long run it costs you your health. The only solution that I've found is to bake your own bread. This isn't as complicated as it sounds, it's actually very easy once you learn how. <p>
My favorite bread to bake is whole wheat bread because it's so heart healthy and you get so many vitamins and minerals from it. If the whole wheat bread is made correctly you also get a really amazing tasting bread that can put store bought imitations to shame. I call them imitations because a lot of bread manufacturers actually use white flour to make "whole wheat" bread and then color it with caramel to make it look authentic. So again check ingredients on your bread. If the bread has unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient you could actually be buying white bread disguised as whole wheat bread, look for caramel coloring in the ingredients list as well to prove this.<p>
Other ingredients to watch out for:<p>
Calcium sulfate: This is also known as plaster of Paris, this additive is used as a dough conditioner and firming agent. As it absorbs moisture and hardens quickly, one caution is that it can cause intestinal obstruction. It is banned in some countries.<p>
Calcium propionate: This additive is used as a mold inhibitor but may be linked to migraines.<p>
So do yourself a favor and start baking your own bread. It's probably one of the greatest health choices you can make.

Beth Scott is the author of The Ultimate Whole Wheat Bread Baking Guide. For more information visit her website now:

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