If you don't bake your own bread, take a really good look at the ingredient list on the next loaf you think about buying. I had recently been buying Orowheat bread at Big Lots for less than $2 a loaf. I like the kind with nuts & seeds in it, whole wheat, oatmeal, etc., but did some looking the other day as they didn't have the 12 grain I had been buying.
They had several varieties, most of which had sugar, one had high fructose corn syrup and all had cellulose. What? The last one I bought at the regular grocery store did not have that! It seems Orowheat makes different versions and since it is generally lower income people who shop at Big Lots, they get the lower quality bread.
I had read somewhere months ago about cellulose being used in processed foods. It bulks things up and is a cheap additive. Supposedly good for us as fiber. Yeah, right, indigestible wood pulp. That's right, WOOD, as in from trees. Trees are plants and parts of them are edible and nutritious, but we're talking sawdust here.
It's in more and more things, especially mixes and processed foods. It may not kill you but do you really want to eat something that was never meant to be eaten?
Here are some articles I found interesting and that helped to show me how insidious this practice is.
Main St has a 15 page list of common foods including fast foods that have cellulose.
Our Civilisation has an overview of commercial bread-making, yikes!
Food Renegade even tells us it is in shredded cheese!
So this girl is planning to learn how to bake bread. I have tried in the past and it has always come out as bricks you could build a house with. The only luck I ever had was with a beer bread recipe and if that's the only one I ever master then so be it. I love Ezekiel bread but it can only be found at one store and is nearly $5 a loaf!
I did get an $8 bread machine at the thrift store that had only been used once, came with book and slicer thing included. I am reading and learning. Wish me luck on this journey.