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Bread myths busted!

  • By Charlie Browning
  • Published 12/4/2012

There are plenty of myths about bread out there in cyberspace, mostly that you wouldn’t be able to put it in the ‘healthy foods’ category if it came down to it. Well, as you may or may not know, most of these are complete nonsense – bread is a fantastic pat of your diet, and one that your body very much appreciates!

There are lots of breads available which have multitudes of nutritional benefits and still taste like you would expect bread to taste. Myths such as keeping it cold helps keep it longer are not true, also. Bread actually stales quicker if kept in fridge, due to constant airflow. Also absorbs foreign tastes and odours. Bread should be kept in a cool dry place, like a bread box.

Due to the high moisture content breads also freeze very well. Bread can be kept frozen for up to four month and should thaw at room temperature. It will take approximately 2-3 hours to thaw a loaf of bread. If bread was sliced before freezing it can be put in a toaster straight from the freezer.

And the final myth? The bakers dozen! There are multiple explanations to why a bakers dozen contains 13. The most logical one is the one where bakers added the extra product to all orders, assuring the minimum weight requirement was met. Considering fines were rather severe (it is said that Egyptians for example nailed the ear of the baker to the door post of his bakery, in Europe bakers were locked into a cage and dipped into a local river, some of them drowned, if found guilty of selling underweight bread) it is understandable bakers did everything possible to avoid being caught!

Whatever your misconceptions about this fabulous part of our everyday diet, it’s much better to just forget them and get tucking into a sandwich – your body will thank you!

About the Author : Charlie Browning is writing about Healthy foods

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