Apparently, almost all British claim to eat bread weekly. However, from Hovis to Kingsmill, we often have a concoction of additives and chemicals sprinkled on top. The only way to really guarantee the safety of your ingredients beyond hand-made home baking, is organic from a local bakery..
If you don't have time to make your own bread, but feel the knead to know what's in your bread, visit the Real Bread Campaign.
The Real Bread Campaign ensures it recommendeds produce that is made without the use of pesticides or any other artificial additives.
The website finds your nearest independent bakery from a database of over 980 partners across the UK. Supporting local people with an interest in improving ingredients, not inciting insidious investments.
Up to 60% of bread sold in the UK contains pesticides, and 25% contain residues of more than one type. These official examinations have been conducted by our very own governmental expert committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRIF), who conclude that 'these are not expected to have an effect on health'.
However, experts and academics in the sector effusively elucidate that repeated injestion may, of course, be harmful. ''We are all being experimented on without our consent,'' says Nick Mole of Pesticide Action Network (Pan UK).
Filmsy governmental standards allude simply to EU pesticide allowances and “are nothing to do with people’s health whatsoever, no one has done extensive research on the impact of the cocktails of pesticides we are all exposed to.''
Overall opting for organic will mean avoiding the additions of pesticides, additives and agricultural chemicals.
Britons eat a load of bread, with 97% of people eating bread weekly. It is a little known, but huge contributor, to our daily intake of salt.
About 17% of salt allowance in the average UK diet comes from bread. 6 of the top 10 best selling wholemeal packaged breads contain as much salt in a slice - as there are in a packet of crisps according to a survey by ethicalconsumer.com.
Irrefutable evidence now shows that diets high in salt (sodium chloride) cause high blood pressure (hypertension) leading to high cholestoral strokes and heart attacks. Studies also link high salt diets to cancer of the stomach, kidney disease, osteoporosis, kidney stones, obesity, exacerbating symptoms of Meniere’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and diabetes.
Current UK government advice is that adults should consume no more than 6g of salt per day while toddlers (1-3 years) should have no more than 2g, with 1-2 slices of bread potentially making up half of this...
"If all manufacturers cut the salt in their breads by a half, it would reduce our salt intakes by half a gram per day, which is predicted to prevent over 3,000 deaths from strokes and heart attacks a year,"
Chairman, Institute of Preventive Medicine