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A staple without which life would be unimaginable to many, the very simplest breads are made with nothing but water, salt, flour, and yeast plus sugar to activate it — unless it is a flatbread, in which case even yeast isn't included. Other breads are far more complex, on the other hand, and many bakers use ingredients like, eggs, nuts, spices, and even fruit and vegetables (like banana or zucchini) to make bread.

Bread is one of the oldest foods on the planet. In the Neolithic age, bread was crafted more simply, with water and ground cereals. Ancestors of modern bread that are still enjoyed today would include tortilla, pita jonhnnycake and oatcakes from Scotland. Americans eat over fifty nine pounds of bread and related products every year, and most households regularly eat a minimum two types of bread.

You'll probably have heard that bread doesn't do much for your health, but you would be surprised. Among the primary health benefits of eating bread is the fact that that bread contains high levels of B vitamins, calcium, protein and iron. Modern breads (and flour, so therefore also home-made bread) are fortified with added nutrients that allow people to get more nutritional value from this staple.

Bread made of whole wheat has lots of fiber, which is good for digestion and overall health. White breads do not have many calories. One slice of white bread has about 75 calories or can have even less. Bread made of whole wheat has ann even lower amount of calories; one slice has only 60 calories.

You need to keep your bread in a box if you want to your bread stay fresh longer at room temperature. You can also wrap fresh bread with wax paper and then put it in the fridge. This will keep it fresh longer, too. Many people believe that the best breads are French and Italian. These types of breads are enriched sour dough breads.

If you are trying to lose weight or maintain your new weight, you will want to know that wholegrain bread will be the better choice, not only because it tends to contain fewer calories, but also due to its high fiber content, which will keep you satiated for longer and prevent sudden carb cravings.

Another benefit of whole wheat bread is that it can help reduce the risk of heart diseases and diabetes II (insulin independent type), Also, this bread can help you to reduce risk of inflammations. Wheat bread is very good for your digestive system. It reduces your risk of gastrointestinal problems. The fiber in whole wheat bread helps women before menopausal age protect them from breast cancers.

Breads made of whole wheat can regulate your blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. These are benefits for your heart.

Whole wheat bread is made of whole wheat flour, milk, baking powder, baking soda and reduced fat. For a nice flavor, you can add some currants, raisins or dried cranberries to your bread. When you choose what bread to buy commercially, first read the label to understand the ingredients that bread contains. Choose breads that contain whole grains or stone ground but not enriched. Bread should be sweetened with honey or molasses; these are natural sweeteners and healthy ones. Do not take breads with preservatives, they are not healthy.

The most popular and most delicious breads are apple spice bread, banana-nut bread, pumpkin bread, carrot bread, blueberry, strawberry, fig nut, chocolate, cranberry-orange bread, corn and sweet potato bread.

There are also breads that are gluten free for people who have an allergy to gluten, such as banana nut bread, corn bread, cinnamon bread, gingerbread, almond bread, and many other delicious types of bread. These breads are usually made of rice flour which is gluten free flour.

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