Do you know what ingredients are in most commercial bread? Several people believe that store bought breads are generally all the same in taste and ingredients. While this is true for most brands, this is not true for Heidelberg Bread.
Heidelberg Bread Ingredients vs. General Ingredients of Store Bought
Heidelberg whole wheat bread contains the basic ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, salt, and yeast. In comparison, the average store bought bread of whole wheat contains: Whole Wheat Flour, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Wheat Gluten, Sugar, Yeast. Contains 2% Or Less of Each of The Following: Soybean Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Salt, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One of More of The Following: Mono-And Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- And Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Enzymes), Wheat Bran, Guar Gum, Distilled Vinegar, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), Corn Starch, Vitamin D3, Soy Lecithin, Milk, Soy Flour.
Here are some key differences:
Bleached flour is typically found in most store bought breads. Bleached flour contains Alloxan as a result of the bleaching process which has been proven through tests on animals to cause diabetes. Unbleached flour keeps more of the nutritional component of the bread that would be removed during the bleaching process.
Heidelberg is unique in the fact that unlike most store bought bread, it uses unbromated flour. Potassium Bromate, an ingredient used in bread has been scientifically proven to be a carcinogen. This makes unbromated flour important in keeping these cancer-causing ingredients out of our food. Heidelberg’s flour comes from sustainable agriculture at Soulanges Mills.
Heidelberg Bread does not use preservatives in their ingredients. Preservatives are not natural and contribute to several issues in digestion that many people face today. Calcium Propionate is a commonly used preservative by most bread producers. It has been linked to hyperactivity in children! Here is a link to a scientific study proving the point and in summary: Irritability, restlessness, inattention and sleep disturbance with some children can be linked to preservatives in healthy foods consumed daily. Reducing amount of additives in processed foods would have beneficial outcomes. Food safety should also include checking for behavioral links from preservatives.
Short List of Natural Ingredients
Heidelberg keeps it simple. Just the basic ingredients help in keeping the bread all natural and better for digestion. In keeping preservatives and additives (chemicals) out of the bread, Heidelberg is able to keep the list of ingredients in the bread short.
OU Kosher Certified
Heidelberg Bread is also OU Kosher certified. This means that they go through a strict process to ensure that the food is in compliance with the OU Kosher standards. Heidelberg Bread being OU Kosher is another guarantee that the products will be clean as well as the process tools in making the bread. OU is the gold standard for Kosher foods.
Slow Fermented Process
Heidelberg Bread is made using a slow fermented process which is easier to digest. Our bodies were never made to be able to properly digest highly processed foods and that is a big advantage Heidelberg Bread offers its customers. Though not all, some people that have slight gluten sensitivity are able to eat Heidelberg Bread.
Consider these benefits to Heidelberg Bread and think twice before you think that all breads are the same, have the same ingredients, and taste the same. Remember, Heidelberg Bread can be purchased from a bread aisle near you.
|Heidelberg Bread||Commercial Brand|
|“All Natural”||“Better Living Through Chemicals”|
|Basics Certified transitional whole wheat & fermented wheat Water Salt Yeast||Basics Whole Wheat Water Salt Yeast|
|Sweeteners High Fructose Corn Syrup, Wheat Gluten, Sugar|
|Dough Conditioners Mono & Diglycerides Ethoxylated Mono & Diglycerides Sodium Steroid Lactylate Enzymes|
|Preservatives Wheat Bran Guar Gum Distilled Vinegar Calcium Propionate|
|Yeast Nutrients Monocalcium Phosphate Calcium Sulfate Ammonium Sulfate|
|Kosher Certification OU Kosher Certified|