An oldie not moldy post originally published April 24, 2012~ in light of the recent push by the Food Babe to bring to light azodicarbonamide AKA a chemical used in the production of yoga mats that is found in factory bread produced in the USA ... and banned in numerous other countries around the world. Here's my take on this subject a few years back. Know what you're feeding your family.
What is it? ...
Enriched bleached flour (wheat, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin, mononitrate [Vitamin B1], folic-acid), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% of each of the following: vegetable oil (soybean and/or cottonseed oils), salt, wheat gluten, dough conditioners (may contain one or more of the following: mono-peroxide, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonaumide, enzymes), calcium sulfate,/yeast nutrients (monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate and/or calcium carbonate), cornstarch, calcium propionate (preservative) distilled vinegar, soy lecithin, milk, soy flour, sesame seed. Allergy warning: contains milk, wheat and soy (AND GMO'S .. emphasis mine). Cost .. $3.29
My homemade bread ingredient list: Freshly ground sprouted wheat flour, water, sunflower oil, sea salt, yeast. Notice there are no vitamins added because they have not been stripped out of the flour. No dough conditioners and preservatives .. because the shelf life is a few days .. not months. Cost including baking fuel .. under a dollar.
I walked away from the market with a basket half filled with mostly JUNK, and was hoping not to be seen with the various items in my cart. I digress .. there was also a box of Kashi cereal .. some sort of message on the box reassured me that it didn't contain high fructose corn syrup and that was supposed to make me 'feel good' about serving it to my family. A bunch of grapes (out of season), bananas from half way around the world, a package of kosher hot dogs, sliced deli turkey lunch meat, lettuce, lemon and (God forbid) a bottle of (fake) peppercorn ranch salad dressing. My total was $76 (almost 1/4 of our total monthly food budget).
In a perfect world I wouldn't need to buy this JUNK. My family would know how to make their own salad dressing, cook oatmeal for breakfast, make lunch that didn't include processed meat. My job is not done.
Get to know your food sources. Read labels. Learn to cook. Plant a
garden with your family. Have ingredients available and teach your kids
to pack a healthy school lunch. The rewards will pay off with overall
health now and when you're older.
Homemakers prayer: "Lord, I cannot always inspect the food my family eats. Let there be enough nutrition in the foods I prepare at home to offset the times I have to close my eyes. Help me teach my family the importance of good nutrition and making wise food choices. Amen"