To Bleach or Not to Bleach

Photo Credit: Wendy Haegermark

When you enter into the bread section of your local supermarket you can become bedazzled by the large array of various types of bread that is available for your consumption. The most common selection are the various types of white bread. You probably never noticed but when you eat outside of your home in any type of restaurants, when attending a friend’s barbecue, or at company parties the bread that is typically served will be white bread whether it’s hamburger buns, bread sticks, hotdog buns, tortillas or sub sandwiches just to name a few.

In recent times you’ll find choices of wheat hamburger and hot dog buns, wheat tortillas, wheat crackers and other varieties of foods that are made from wheat and other grains. These choices were not very common in the past, but due to its popularity, we now have many choices of these types of bread products. The manufacturers are in business to make money and they will produce whatever sells.

Nonwhite bread made from natural wheat and other grains has become increasingly popular and has caused people to demand different types of bread choices for either healthy reasons or for their tastes and consistencies, so manufacturers naturally jumped on the bandwagon. They will in the end produce the types of food that people are demanding if there is a market for it. When there are healthy foods that are not quite as popular with the general public, they most often can be found in specialty supermarkets such as Whole Foods. The other alternative is to shop online if these things cannot be found locally. Surprisingly quite often by shopping online, you can find these items at a fairly reasonable price, if you live in a community where these stores are unavailable. Another healthy food gathering resources as we mentioned in a previous blog is the farmers markets. However depending on where you live these are often seasonal expeditions.

When you go down the bread aisle of the grocery store you’ll find rye bread, sourdough bread, pumpernickel bread, pita bread, double fiber bread, oat bread and so forth. You’ll also find different qualities of bread. Some of these products will contain preservatives, food colorings and artificial flavors. You will notice other selections of bread that are made with all natural products and may also include various seeds and nuts. Some are baked with fruit such as cranberries or figs. Some brands even advertise clearly that no preservatives have been added, check the labels. Similarly in the past grocery stores only provided a limited choice of breads which were primarily white. However, nowadays many stores often have their own bakeries and make fresh bread daily. Those that don’t have their own bakeries contract with outside sources to provide them with these types of fresh and specialty breads. Whole foods is an example that has a wide selection of freshly baked specialty breads by adding pecans, figs coconut bread and other fresh nutritional ingredients.


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