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​Why Homemade Bread is Healthier than Store Bought

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There are many ways that homemade bread is superior to bread bought off the shelf at the grocery store.

Taste, of course, is number one. Freshness is another reason.

But homemade bread is not only better quality it is also better for you.

When you make your own bread you know exactly what ingredients you’re putting in each loaf.

You can choose to use whole wheat instead of white flour. Make rye bread or any other type of bread you’re family enjoys. The choices are all up to you.

You can choose to use honey instead of sugar or sea salt instead of table salt.

This is extremely important if you or a member of your family suffers from any type of food allergy or celiac disease.

Plus, you don’t have to make just loaves of bread. You can make your own dough for pizza or cinnamon rolls.

The most important benefit of making your own bread is not what you put in – but what you leave out.

If you read the label on the last loaf of bread you bought you’ll see ingredients such as:

Fructose corn syrup

Vegetable oil

Ammonium sulfate

Monocalcium phosphate

L-ascorbic acid

Chlorine dioxide

L-cysteine hydrochloride

Emulsifiers: including – diglycerides of fatty acids, sodium strearoyl-2-lactylate, and glycerol mono-stearate.

Which of these are good for you? None. And you don’t need them when you make your own homemade bread.

Why does the food industry pump their products with such garbage? One reason – profit. They want to use the cheapest ingredients so they can make the biggest profit.

They also want the bread to have the longest shelf life possible. This means they use a ton of preservatives and other additives.

Making homemade bread not only provides you with better tasting and fresher bread – but also the option of making it in the exact why your family prefers. You choose the flavors and ingredients you want.

Plus, you don’t have to make just loaves of bread. You can make your own dough for pizza or cinnamon rolls. This is true whether you use a bread machine or make the bread in a regular oven. Unsure of how to make homemade bread? First, ask your grandma. She may have an old family recipe that she would be thrilled to share.

If grandma’s not around (or not a baker) then spend a few minutes on YouTube and you can watch videos that show in detail how to make a variety of different types of bread.  Need more recipes? Jump over to Pinterest and you’ll find more recipes than you could make in a lifetime. And plenty of recipes for bread makers. The only problem will be deciding which one to try first!

This is also a good activity to do with your children. Depending on their age they can help measure and add ingredients into the mix. If they help make it they’ll enjoy eating it more. Or if you’re making pizza dough, they can help choose which toppings to add.

One warning; once you’ve made homemade bread – you’ll never be satisfied with store bought bread again. The taste, the freshness and the variety of flavors will win you over. The fact that’s it is healthier will be an added bonus.

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