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21 May 2009

Ingredients

I shared that i tried making squaw bread a couple of weeks ago. It didn't turn out very good. I probably will try again. I may seek the help of folks who are more experienced gluten-free bread makers than am i. (I don't use a lot of rice flour, BTW. My current mix of flour is wonderful for pancakes, cookies, brownies, muffins. But it didn't do so well with squaw bread.)

There is a restaurant in town, mostly a sandwich shop, that has the most wonderful squaw bread. It is a wonderful, really dark brown, slightly sweet bread. They form it into loaves that are shaped like a French bread roll. When i'm going to cheat, a vegetarian sandwich on this bread is divine! So i asked them where they get the bread. Turns out that it comes to them pre-made dough. They take it out, form it into loaves, let it rise & bake it themselves. So i asked if they had an ingredient list. The owner promised to get it for me. And he did. Here it is:
  • Enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine monoonitrate, riboflavin)
  • Wheat flour
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Shortening (palm oil, mono & diglycerides, polysorbate 60 & citric acid)
  • Yeast
  • Wheat gluten
  • Hulled millet
Contains 2% or less of:
  • Molassas
  • Salt
  • Whey
  • Non-fat dry milk
  • Soy flour
  • Mono & diglycerides
  • Lecithin
  • Calcium sulfate
  • Ammonium sulfate
  • Monocalcium phosphate,
  • Fungal amylase
  • Ascorbic acid
  • maltodextrin
  • Potassium iodate
  • Azodicarbonamide
  • Tricalcium phosphate
  • Artifical flavor
  • Carmel color
Honestly, i almost fainted when i read this. How can something that tastes so good have so many nasty chemicals in it?

Well, i'll go one farther. Someone yesterday brought me a small cake. (Mix up on my BD, which is next month.) Very sweet, & i appreciate the thought. I can't of course eat it being gluten free, but again i thought it most kind to be remembered.

But on the cake container, right under my nose was the ingredient list:
  • Sugar
  • Enriched bleached flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid)
  • Water
  • Soybean oil
  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Modified corn starch
Contains 2% or less of:
  • Nonfat milk
  • salt
  • Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate)
  • Vital wheat gluten
  • Sorbitan monosterate
  • Mono & diglycerides
  • Polysorbate 60
  • Sodium stearoyl
  • Lactylate
  • Dextrose
  • Propylene glycol
  • citric acid
  • Artificial & natural flavors
  • sodium propionate
  • Sorbic acid
  • Benzoic acid
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • BHT (preservatives)
Contains: Wheat, milk eggs.

Please, someone explain to me why anyone seeing such a list would eat the darn thing? Granted, i don't buy this stuff generally. But have we become so accepting of the junk as a society that you can read a list of chemicals like that & think that it is normal & ok to eat it????????

No wonder we have such major health issues in this country.

(Images from Google.)

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3 comments:

The Adventurous Girl's said...

I love this blog!!! makes me what to bake tomorrow =)

Linda said...

At least it is a pretty cupcake and the thought was nice!

byhisgracealone said...

what is your current mix of flours.....I am not satisfied with some I have been using...

I passed on commenting on your previous post....but have lots of thoughts....

blessings on your weekend...
donna