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Let Us Break Bread

Bread. The staff of life. It’s a food humans have been eating for centuries.

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The bread aisle at the local WalMart

A simple food, right? Flour. Yeast. Water. Salt.

But wait! Do you know what is in that processed bread you’re buying? Some ingredients might surprise you.

Most bread purchased in the US includes sugar. And if it’s cane sugar, it was most likely filtered through the charred bones of animals to give it that lovely white color. Corn syrup has its own problems, but corn syrup is a vegan food product. Most non-organic sugars in the US are not.

Lecithin is usually obtained from eggs, though it can be obtained from other sources, most notably, from soy. Lecithin is used in bread to reduce the amount of fat needed, or to make it cheaper to produce.

Those enzymes added to your bread? The label will only say enzymes. But where those enzymes are obtained matters. For example, the enzyme phospholipase comes from the pancreatic tissue of pigs.

Dough conditioners are used to make your bread look pretty. Where do they come from? You probably won’t be able to tell from the label. But one conditioner, L-cysteine, is derived from duck feathers.

So what’s a person to do if he or she wants to enjoy cruelty-free bread?

Well, you could make your own. Bread is easy and inexpensive to make. And if you have a bread maker, it’s even easier.

If you don’t want to make bread, you’re not out of luck. There are some vegan options out there. PETA has a list of some brand name breads that are vegan.

Personally, I go for the Ezekiel 4:9 bread. You can find it in the frozen foods case of many grocery retailers. I buy it locally at Publix.

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Slather some margarine and jam on toasted Ezekiel for a yummy breakfast treat.

There are several varieties. Sesame is my favorite. It has a nutty taste that makes it a great choice for toast. It also makes a filling sandwich when you’re on the go like I am some days.

This bread is low-glycemic, organic, vegan, and delicious. This is not the spongy-type bread you’re used to buying by the loaf. Ezekiel breads are hearty, with each slice containing 80 calories, 4 grams of protein, iron, and naturally derived vitamins. Yep, they don’t have to enrich this bread to put back what they took out while processing.

Look- you can see the grains in this slice!

Look- you can see the grains in this slice!

Some folks are turned off by Ezekiel breads because of the cost- a loaf can cost over twice as much as the store brand white or wheat bread. But you have to ask yourself- if that bread is so much cheaper, what did they do to it to make it so cheap?

Next week I’m going to talk about baking vegan treats. It’s easier than you may think!

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I’d like to congratulation Kevin and Tracey Hattori of Animal Shelter Volunteer Life, this year’s winner of the Dogtime Petties Best Cause Blog! And thanks to each of you that helped make that happen!

Next year, Bernadette!

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Discussion

48 thoughts on “Let Us Break Bread

  1. Interesting….I’m vegan but just buy ordinary bread from the supermarket; I never thought that bread is not vegan. Thanks for the info, must brush up on my baking skills then!

    Posted by humanrescuesdog | September 9, 2013, 6:44 AM
  2. Breadmania. :-))

    Posted by aurescu | September 9, 2013, 6:44 AM
  3. Thanks for the info. I’ve seen this in the freezer and will give it a try.

    Posted by adinparadise | September 9, 2013, 6:55 AM
  4. I would thoroughly recommend baking bread from scratch! I find it most therapeutic! Take care
    x

    Posted by Old Kitty | September 9, 2013, 6:56 AM
  5. Thanks for the bread info Rumpy…..who knew??? Not us! That bread aisle in your WalMart is amazing…..

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | September 9, 2013, 7:02 AM
  6. Wow that was an interesting post and certainly made me think twice about bread

    Posted by mythreemoggies | September 9, 2013, 7:21 AM
  7. Often when Rumpy’s claws scratch the keys, on the subject of diet, I add my non-Vegan 2 cents. So, in this case – yes, Ezekial 4:9 bread is a wonderful and healthful product. If your war is on carbs, like mine, you’ll make this bread a staple. Other commenters have mentioned baking your own bread. An even better idea. Making your own food is the first step in freeing yourself from the toxic packaged foods industry. When you make your own, you control not only the ingredients, but the process.

    You also mentioned corn syrup. There are numerous varieties of corn syrup, some less harmful than others, but all are sugars – and that’s the essential point. Cane, corn, rice, potato – sugar is sugar. Medical science is only just now beginning to realize how harmful sugar is, but I have long believed that sugar is an even more harmful agent than tobacco.

    Although, pseudo-Vegan (I have no idea how they make the stuff) High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS-55) is far and away the deadliest of all the sugars. This substance converts into 8 times as much glucose as table sugar. Although derived from corn, it is completely synthetic by the time it arrives in consumable products. Here’s the worst part though. HFCS-55 plays havoc with Grelin and Leptin, the two hormones that control appetite. Junk food, even those types that wouldn’t appear to contain sugars, such as McDonald’s Hamburgers, actually contain massive amounts of the stuff. Salt is used to cover up the taste. It is because of the HFCS in fast food, that people complain about being hungry again, an hour or so after eating an 1100 calorie meal.

    Posted by bitcodavid | September 9, 2013, 7:26 AM
  8. Wow. I had no idea. Thank you for the info.

    Posted by peacelovenwhiskers | September 9, 2013, 7:37 AM
  9. we make our own Rumpy, haven’t bought shop baked bread for years!

    Posted by willowdot21 | September 9, 2013, 8:28 AM
  10. Or just go gluten-free, pay over $5 a loaf for bread and know exactly what is in it.

    Posted by Kay Lowder` | September 9, 2013, 8:31 AM
  11. I wish it was gluten free! 😦

    Posted by The Person Next to You | September 9, 2013, 8:39 AM
  12. It is good to see different changes on this site. A lot of good, hard work! I stopped buying “bought” bread ages ago. If I’m too busy to make it, as often happens, there are a couple of stores who either carry or make vegan bread. It pays to be informed and the impact of it is incredible. Well Done Rumpy! Sam Cat gives you two paws up today!

    Posted by kanzensakura | September 9, 2013, 8:41 AM
    • We are not so fortunate to have those types of stores here where I live. The closest Whole Foods is over 2 hours away.
      😦

      Posted by rumpydog | September 10, 2013, 5:18 AM
      • You can order from Kinnikinnick online. I do.

        Posted by Kay Lowder | September 10, 2013, 8:30 AM
      • That’s a shame. We have a tremendous community of vegan and vegetarians plus folks who while they eat meat, try to be resposible and um, “humane” about it. Two hours is a long way. Several years ago, I was given a bread making machine and it really helps and speeds things up. Keep up the good work on keeping us informed.

        Posted by kanzensakura | September 10, 2013, 11:22 AM
  13. Our mom bakes bread in the winter.

    Posted by Frankie and Ernie | September 9, 2013, 8:57 AM
  14. I like fresh bread and buy whole grain at the Hot ‘n Crusty at my corner. They make the bread more than once each day. It maybe more expensive, but when you bite into it, it makes up for it.

    My family was in the restaurant business and Yetta shared the secret of soft few day old bread.
    Wrap the bread in silver foil..
    Sprinkle a few drops of cold water on the bread.
    Make a tent when you close the foil around the bread. Leave room for the steam that is created.
    Put it in the oven or broiler for a few minutes. I don’t know about a microwave. She never used one. Neither do I.
    Voila – warm fresh bread.

    Incidentally, if you ever get bread in a restaurant and it gets hard after a few minutes – it’s because they’ve done the above.

    Posted by BJ Pup | September 9, 2013, 9:05 AM
  15. I hadn’t pay any attention when I bought bread….but after reading this post, I was a kind of shocked to know how some bread are made…..scary, isn’t it? That Ezekiel looks quite delicious and I like having sesami and grains in it, too!

    Posted by eripanwkevin | September 9, 2013, 9:40 AM
  16. I noticed that my stomach would be upset after eating a certain grocery store wheat bread. We have been eating Ezekiel bread lately and it’s really good with natural peanut butter..

    Posted by Roberta | September 9, 2013, 10:00 AM
  17. I wonder if the gluten-free bread that I eat has been filtered through the blood and bones of animals? I certainly hope not. Can’t eat that Ezekial bread. It would make me very sick. You are just bursting with new information with every post. Sorry I haven’t commented on the last few, but I was out of commission for a few days. Cheers!

    Posted by Russell Smith | September 9, 2013, 10:48 AM
  18. Yikes! I’m getting Phil to start bread making again. He made his first wraps the other day.

    Posted by Catherine Johnson | September 9, 2013, 1:01 PM
  19. Thank you for this really important post, Rumpy and Jen. Knowledge really is a key to making good decisions, and you’ve given us some GREAT knowledge. Bread seems so innocuous, but it IS a business, and I guess I should not be surprised to learn that the manufacturers will try to cut costs and raise profits by any means available. 😦

    Thank you for the congratulations, for your friendship, and for believing in us! We are so lucky to be your friends, and know we would not have won a Petties Award without you and your awesome friends!

    Hugs!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | September 9, 2013, 2:17 PM
  20. It’s important, no matter *what* kind of diet one chooses or needs to eat, to know what is really in it. Thanks!

    Posted by kathryningrid | September 9, 2013, 3:20 PM
  21. Thanks for the info. That bread looks delicious!

    Posted by ILoveDogs | September 9, 2013, 3:40 PM
  22. Anything that gets people reading and asking wan am I really eating and where did it comes from is a good thing.

    Posted by EllaDee | September 9, 2013, 4:47 PM
  23. Wow I had no idea about the additives in the bread…duck feathers??? Poor ducks!
    I but Rye breads or Country Harvest but I think it is time to look for Ezekiel bread….thank you for such an informative blog!!!
    Sherri-Ellen

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | September 9, 2013, 7:14 PM
  24. I used to eat the Ezekiel bread but since learning that ALL wheat is unhealthy I have been trying to do without, which is not easy.

    Posted by Charles Huss | September 9, 2013, 7:37 PM
  25. I lived in Israel for 10 years. Bread went stale in about 4 hours. When I came back here, I waited for bread to get stale. It never did. It sometimes got moldy, but NEVER got really stale. That worries me.

    Posted by Teepee12 | September 9, 2013, 10:46 PM
  26. Hi Rumpy! Thought you might want to know about this kickstarter programme to create the first ever vegan M&M’s!

    I think the makers are nearly there with their target to get this project up and running!

    Take care
    x

    Posted by Old Kitty | September 10, 2013, 4:18 AM
  27. I’ve given up on supermarkets and started making my own. Quite successful although it does require a bit of planning with the rising and resting etc. but delicious (as Ruby can tell you)!

    Posted by rubytheblacklabrador | September 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
  28. Mum only buys the freshly baked stuff from the bakers idoesn’t keep as long so she freeze half till she needs it and some times she makes her own,xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | September 10, 2013, 5:35 AM

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