Does Your Store Bought Bread Pass the Squish Test?

Is Your Bread Healthy

Bread Ingredients

Store bought bread is highly processed. Go take a look at the ingredient list on the bread in your pantry.  How many ingredients does it have?  The reason for the long list is because bread needs to have a long shelf life.  Think about the olden days when there was a bakery on every corner and bread was made fresh daily.  Today you can go to any grocery store and find something on the shelf that is potentially months old.   Does that sound appetizing?

Find a breakdown of the ingredients commonly included in breads.

Squish Test

Take a slice of your favorite bread and squish it in the palm of your hand. Does it easily squish into a ball or does it crumble and keep some sort of shape? If it squishes into a ball then you are better off finding a new favorite brand.  If it doesn’t pass the squish test your bread is mostly empty carbs and isolated fibers, not so great for your health.

However finding a healthy bread that actually tastes good is no easy feat.  Almost all the bread I found with the least offensive and shortest ingredient list had a terrible taste and the texture.  I finally found an ok bread, but it does cost more and it is not amazing.

Alternatives

If you can’t find a good store bought bread brand that you enjoy, and you just can’t imagine baking your own then check out this book

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

This method is incredibly easy.  To make bread for the upcoming week all it takes is 5 minutes on the weekend to mix up some dough.  After the dough is ready you store it in the fridge and anytime you want fresh bread all you have to do is bake it.  Trust me, this also tastes a whole lot better than any bread from the bread aisle.  The ingredient list is better too.

Basic Recipe Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Salt

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