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The Big Bread Lie June 22, 2009

Filed under: food,health — Daryl Laux @ 6:00 am
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I just looked at the bread I have in my pantry and realize I have white bread in disguise. Try as hard as I might, I still get tricked.

After watching the video The Big Bread Lie, The Whole Truth, Nutrition by Natalie, I discovered how I’d been duped.

Natalie’s Bread buzzwords:

  1. Whole grain white – White bread that’s been dyed brown or contains a small percentage of wheat flour. This is white bread in disguise.
  2. 7-grain, 9-grain, 12-grain – This can mean the grains you see sprinkled on top of the loaf of bread, not the flour the bread is made with.
  3. Made with whole grain – The majority is white flour, the rest is whole grain flour. The percentage of white flour may be 95%. Unless the label says 100%, it’s not worth choosing.
  4. Good source of whole grain – This claim is meaningless.
  5. Wheat flour – This means the bread is made from 75% white flour, 25% wheat flour.

Regardless of the marketing claims on the bread packaging, the first ingredient list should be 100% whole grain, such as wheat, rye, oat.

I’m no bread baker but if i get ambitious, I’ll try the Amazingly easy, incredible bread on Cheap Like Me. I think she’s got a winner!

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One Response to “The Big Bread Lie”

  1. cheaplikeme Says:

    Thanks for the link! I’ve added some more whole-grain flour to mine and at least it doesn’t have preservatives, etc. The book has other recipes with more grain, and the Artisan Bread authors are releasing a new cookbook this fall with healthy (meaning much more whole grain) recipes.

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