Bread gets messed-around with. This sticky label, from the 2009 Real Food Festival, lists ingredients that might be found on bread – but are never listed.
The label said:
This ‘bread’ may be made using the following:
The law says bakers don’t need to declare them.
These stickers are only for use in your own home. The Real Bread Campaign, Sustain and The Real Food Festival take no responsibility for any consequences, legal or otherwise, of you using them elsewhere such as wrappers of factory bread, supermarket shelves or advertising posters.”
As Michael Pollan says: if they are more than five ingredients on a label, avoid.
The long list of enzymes above are “processing aids”. In other words they are used to make the bread rise faster, look nicer, last longer.
But because these processing aids are not classified as food ingredients then – by law – they do not need to be listed on the label.
Whaaat? You eat them but they are not food ingredients?
It reminds me of adulterated food sold to the Victorian poor…
My real bread came from the Better Food Company in St Werburgh’s, Bristol where I also got marmalade made by their chef (as good as homemade…hey, it’s January, time for marmalade-making again) and organic butter from Nature’s Genius in Fishponds, Bristol.
Yes, the bread cost more than supermarket bread but I got more food for my cash. My grandmother would say money spent on un-nutritious food is money wasted. And I agree. Do you?