Monday, March 7, 2011

A Little Wood Pulp for Breakfast?

Freshly Made Wood Free Bread

I ran across this article yesterday, and I have to say I was a little surprised.  It reveals a variety of fast food and packaged foods that contain cellulose, which is basically wood fiber.  Turns out the FDA says it is perfectly safe to add it to food, with no limit on how much except in meat.

The food manufacturers love it because it's a cheap extender for products and it extends the shelf life.  Well sure, unless you have a termite attack you can probably keep some of this stuff in the pantry forever.

As a fallen member of the Weight Watchers flock, whose mantra until the recent change to allow fruits and veggies to be consumed points free, was 'Fiber Up!', I now realize I had been buying packaged bread whose labels proclaimed "Double Fiber!", "Triple Fiber", and "No High Fructose Corn Syrup", only to be served a heaping helping of cellulose.  Good grief.

So here's a reminder that it just takes a little planning, and virtually no work, to make your own no knead bread. 

4 comments:

  1. Yet another reason to avoid fast food and processed foods! The FDA makes me sick, and it's so sad that so few people know about things like this...or care. If it's cheap and quick, a lot of people will buy it. Hit the farm market, people! Cooking is fun and easy.

    By the way, that's a nice looking loaf of bread, there, Tammy! I've been meaning to try some no-knead bread for a while now. I think I'll give the recipe you posted a shot. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. Your bread looks amazing. Now if I could find the time to make it!

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  3. I've always wanted to make my own bread. Now I have more reason to!

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  4. Just read your blog for the first time and immediately ran to my kitchen and threw the bread ingredients together. If mine turns out looking half as beautiful as yours I'll be thrilled!

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