Bread or not Bread

How do you define bread?

Is it something made from wheat or rye onto which you can spread your butter or Nutella on for your breakfast. 

Is it made from:
450g ground wheat flour,
25g of butter,
1.5 tsp salt,
2 tsp sugar,
1.5 tsp of dry yeast,
380ml of water.

Well mine is. 

You just stick all the above bits and bobs in a bread machine or alternatively if you fancy the old fashioned organic method, knead it, proof or rise it for a couple of hours then wang it in an oven at 200c for 25 – 30 minutes.
Sorted.  
It will come out of a deep tin like this one I made today:

bread

According to the label on my ingredients, the wholemeal wheat was 100% ground wholemeal, the sugar was sugar, the salt was salt, the dried yeast was from natural yeast extract, the butter was 100% Yorkshire butter and the water arrived just yesterday in a small cloudburst.  

Alternatively if you want to poison your body and hasten early death, disabling various organs in the process, go ahead and buy supermarket or commercially made bread. Even the “in situ supermarket bakeries” use some of the crap in the list below.

So, here we go. Most disgusting first. 

Take L-cysteine, a recent additive to bread manufacture, this is produced by disolving human hair (imported from China) in acid then extracting the residue & added to bread as a dough conditioner to speed up the industrial processing. Fancy a slice now?

Oh and in America it gets worse. They use benzoyl peroxide as a bleaching agent. It’s mainly used in acne treatment to dry up or “increase the skin turn over”, basically kills existing skin and forces the body to produce another layer which in some cases leads to the skin burning, rashes & blistering. In a few cases it led to permanent disfigurement.

Do you really want white bread? Is colour essential? Benzoyl peroxide is banned in the EU & China. It is even banned in teeth whitening kits, toothpaste and hair dyes in the EU. Why? Because it can cause liver inflammation, testicular cancer, skin tumors and foetal nutritional issues. Is pure white bleached bread worth the risk? White bread has no taste anyway does it? 

America eh? Advanced society my arse. 21st century technology, 14th century human rights and Triassic period morals. And they have the gall to make out Bin Laden’s Taliban caveman mentality is immoral. I reckon lying to your own citizens, allowing huge companies to cut corners and virtually poison people in order to make more money in the manufacture of so called “food” products is pretty well up there as far as moral bankruptcy is concerned.

Anyway, here are a few things in your commercially bought bread that you can’t buy off the shelf because most of them are toxic or dangerous to human health in their test tube form. (in bold)

Whole wheat flour, water, enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), wheat gluten, brown sugar, honey, sunflower seed kernels, yeast, rolled oats, salt, soybean oil, cultured wheat flour, vinegar, dough conditioners, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate, mono- and diglycerides, calcium peroxide, calcium iodate, DATEM, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, azodicarbonamide), wheat bran, rye flakes, barley flakes, soy flour, buckwheat flour, bulgur wheat, cracked wheat, triticale, yellow corn grits, millet, soy grits, ground flaxseed, brown rice flour, calcium sulfate, soy lecithin, wheat starch, enzymes.
* Anything remotely to do with soy is genetically modified. GM food in other words. Exactly what the EU, Australia, New Zealand and certain educated groups in north America have been fighting against. It’s all to do with making more money quicker. Bugger all to do with the taste or nutritional value of the food you eat.   

Have a look at the ingredients label on your bread. Enjoy. 

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10 comments

    • Exactly what my Nan used to say (not comparing by the way…), same with everything that was in the papers, she’d read it out to me with a groan…”Oh, tea is bad for you now, I don’t know how we managed in the war……”.

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  1. I am thinking of investing in a bread machine myself but I heard you have to buy specific bread flour etc etc to make it which put me off a little bit I have to admit I do prefer home made or freshly made bread so I think I will have to invest in one soon 🙂

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    • You just need “strong flour” or “bread flour” nowt special. Lidl, Aldi flog it for around a quid for 2kgs, enough for 3 large loaves. All the rest is in yer house maybe not dry yeast but you can buy that in any supermarket. One sachet lasts 2 bakes. Let us know how you go on if you buy one. The preparation is about 5 minutes, weighing the flour etc and the bread will bake in a couple of hours. You can even set the machines so they start cooking at 5am and are ready for 8am. You don’t need an alarm, the smell of the bread is your alarm.

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    • You just need “strong flour” or “bread flour” nowt special. Lidl, Aldi flog it for around a quid for 2kgs, enough for 3 large loaves. All the rest is in yer house maybe not dry yeast but you can buy that in any supermarket. One sachet lasts 2 bakes. Let us know how you go on if you buy one. The preparation is about 5 minutes, weighing the flour etc and the bread will bake in a couple of hours. You can even set the machines so they start cooking at 5am and are ready for 8am. You don’t need an alarm, the smell of the bread is your alarm.

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