The Toxins Hiding in Your Bread
The Truth About Dough Conditioners
I love carbs just like the next person. However, as I look deep into the ingredients in those breads, biscuits and tortillas that I crave, I realize they have been more harmful to my health than “good”.
Commercially baked breads contain dough conditioners. These are chemicals used in breads to extend life, strengthen its texture and reduce processing time. And yes, you guessed it – they also save companies “dough”. These bread conditioners contain L-Cysteine, which is an amino acid made from duck feathers or human hair. Some Chinese suppliers have even revealed that they use hog hair (as if that’s any better). Ok, now those tortillas don’t sound too appetizing all of a sudden.
Dough conditioners have been linked to health issues like asthma, allergies, skin problems, thyroid issues, digestive issues, fatigue, cardic arrhythmias, and cancers. One particular dough conditioner called azodicarbonamide makes the process faster and cheaper and keeps bread “spongy”. What we have to realize is that azodicarbonamide is also used in flip flops and yoga mats for that same purpose – to keep them “spongy”.
Other dough conditioners to look out for are: DATEM (Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Monoglycerides), potassium bromate, monoglycerides, diglycerides and sodium stearoyllactylate. Yeah, go ahead and check the ingredients in your bread and face the fact that you and your family may be ingesting hair and duck feathers. [blank look]
How Does the FDA Feel About Dough Conditioners?
You may be wondering, “Where is the FDA in the approval of these chemicals?”. Here’s the most interesting part; Most dough conditioners are banned in Europe, Brazil and Canada because studies have proven they cause allergic reactions to other ingredients and foods. In the US, the FDA has deemed dough conditioners 100% safe for human consumption although other countries banned these ingredients.
I’ve done research and experimented myself so that I can feed my family better quality bread. Be careful because breads labeled “whole grain” or “natural” can still contain these chemicals. Read the ingredients. Here are some of my favorite products that don’t contain dough conditioners that can be delivered right to your doorstep or purchased at your local health food store (freezer section). If you choose to go gluten-free, make sure your breads don’t contain preservatives and additives.