White bread

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White bread is made from refined wheat flour from which the bran and the germ -- where much of the nutritional bread value rests, have been removed. These include vitamin E (44%), pantothenic acid (52%), folic acid (65%), biotin (76%), vitamin B6 (84%), and half or more of 20 minerals and trace elements (magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium, manganese, selenium, vanadium, and copper).

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[edit] Why should I be aware of this?

The process of manufacture of white bread involves extraction and reintroduction of the vitamins and minerals into the bread, thereby taking away some of the nutrients and rendering them useless to your body. As a result of this process it is estimated that about half of the nutrients listed for white bread never enter our body and are used as they were intended by nature to be.

[edit] White bread and health

But the damage done to nutrients in white bread does not stop here. To get a “whiter” colour, the refined flour in most instances is bleached with potassium bromate, benzoyl peroxide or chlorine dioxide gas.

Potassium bromate, better known as Bromic Acid or Potassium Salt can be fatal if swallowed, is harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may also cause kidney damage. The second chemical, Benzoyl peroxide is known to kill animals, birds, or fish, and cause death or low growth rate in plants. In the US, the third chemical, Chlorine Dioxide is listed as having a very hazardous impact on the environment.

The British medical journal, The Lancet, reported that during an experiment, dogs fed exclusively on white bread died of malnutrition while dogs fed stone-ground, whole-wheat flour lived in good health.

In many countries, white bread is fortified by spraying vitamins and minerals (normally vitamins B1, B2, B3, and iron are added) into the mix. Despite the fortification, white bread is lower in zinc, fiber, thiamin, niacin, trace elements and good fats and oils.

[edit] White bread and environment

During making of white bread once the bran and germ are removed, the flour is bleached using potassium bromate, benzoyl peroxide or chlorine dioxide gas. Potassium bromated, also known as Bromic Acid or Potassium Salt, is an oxidizing agent, which can be fatal if swallowed. It is also harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide is another irritant that can kill animals, birds, or fish, and cause death or low growth rate in plants. Chlorine Dioxide is also a pesticide and even though it breaks down very quickly, it is ranked in the USA as one of the compounds most hazardous to the environment.

[edit] All about white bread

Plain white bread is made with grains that are refines. They go through a process in which the heart of the grain is lost.

White bread is made from wheat flour from which the bran and germ have been removed. It is lower in zinc, fiber, thiamin, niacin, trace elements and "good" fats and oils. In many countries the law demands that white bread be fortified with vitamins and minerals during the manufacturing process. Through this process the nutrients that are removed from wheat are re-added.

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  • The Swiss government has placed a tax on the purchase of white bread .to dissuade people from eating it. The tax money is given to bakers to reduce the price of whole wheat bread to encourage people to switch.
  • The Canadian government passed a law prohibiting the “enrichment” of white bread with synthetic vitamins. Bread must contain the original vitamins found in the grain, not imitations.[1]


[edit] See also

Bread

[edit] References

  • The truth about white bread
  • White bread vs brown bread

[edit] Source

  1. Startling Facts And Health Risks of Eating White Bread