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Judith Kennedy - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Did you know that 99% of the breads sold in most grocery stores have High Fructose Corn Syrup in them?? Check the labels.

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Linda - posted on 01/12/2009

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There is also an ingredient called L-cysteine that is protein extracted from human hair. We found hoagie rolls in the bakery section that didn't have L-cysteine, but I noticed that they changed the packaging, so I checked the ingredient list again, and they had added L-cysteine. It is used to make the bread crunchy. The proteine occurs naturally in some meats, but the cheaper alternative is to use human hair. Check and re-check labels. If you google, L-cysteine, you'll find tons of info on it.

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Erin - posted on 06/30/2009

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Quoting Judith:



Quoting Dori:




Yes and I'm very frustrated by it. I'm a big label reader!! So which is the worst of the evils? sugar, HFCS or brown sugar?










HFCS is the worst - period. It is so processed (like 23 steps of heating, cooking, adding, blah blah blah) that your body can NOT recognize it and all it does it case havoc in your body. Sugar is natural and therefore much better but most often has additives to make it white. Brown sugar I'm not really sure about. Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) is the best if you're just buying sugar . Bottom line - if it has HFCS don't eat it.





Another great sweetener is Stevia.  It is better to buy the liquid rather than the powder because it is about 1000x sweeter than sugar or something like that.  It is easier to control in liquid form and it a good alternative for sugar in many cases like tea, oatmeal, other places where you add sugar.  Not sure about baking though.



It comes from a root and is used as a medicinal plant in other parts of the world.  It stimulates the pancreas and helps with digestion, I think.  It was so long ago I researched it that I can't remember everything but I know it is sweet and also healthy.  I give it to my daughter instead of sugar when she wants something sweet.  I buy the unsweetened chocolate almond milk and add a couple drops of stevia when I want to treat her to some chocolate milk, I can't bring myself to give her regular chocolate milk.  She is used to the taste and asks for it, I don't try to hide it or pretend it is sugar.



I recommend it to anyone who wants sweet but is trying to stay away from sugar.

McKenna - posted on 03/10/2009

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I know--isn't that awful? I know that Brownberry Ovens has recently removed HFCS from their breads. It "advertises" that fact on the front label. Makes it easier to choose the right bread! Now we eat only Brownberry breads. Hope that helps someone!

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Additonally, Ezekiel breads, sprouted grain breads, are the most healthy and organic choices.  Plus, they taste great, like actual food!  You'll find these loaves in the frozen food section: toast and enjoy!

Dori - posted on 02/13/2009

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Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat is a good option. It is not terribly expensive and it doesn't have HFCS or hydrogenated oils. It is made from whole wheat flour, not "enriched" whole wheat flour. The 4th ingredient is brown sugar, that is better than most. Just a suggestion if organic doesn't work for you.

Judith Kennedy - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Sobia:

what convenient choice we have if not these breads...???


There are some - you just have to look.



First - Find 100% whole wheat.



Second - Make sure the 100% Whole Wheat doesn't have HFCS in it.



Third - If you can find one that says organic then you are safe. Organics are showing up more and more these days in regular groceries.

Judith Kennedy - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Dawn:



yes i knew that. and its not bad in moderation. and its made from corn,






Dawn,



I would check who is telling you that it is not bad in moderation and that it's made from corn and therefore ok. True - a little won't kill you. But it is like poison in your body. Why put poison in your body when you don't have to? Why use manufactured junk instead of natural sweeteners? Being that it is made from corn... So is drywall. There is a very long process that the corn goes thru which basically alters the corn to a state tha is unnatural and wrecks havoc on your body. Finally - in our society - there is no moderation. It is in almost everything... ketchup, cereal, bread, breakfast bars, salad dressing and on and on. I will be posting the HFCS manufacturing process shortly for all to review. Hope that was somewhat informative.

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The problem is that it's nearly impossible to consume it in moderation because they put it in almost everything.

Cassandra - posted on 01/25/2009

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and wheat gluten...it's so hard to find bread without these products in them. We just do our best and buy the kind that says "less than 2% of ___" (wheat gluten and high fructose corn syrup is usually in this less than 2% category)

Paige - posted on 01/22/2009

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Yes, I found this to be true when we discovered my son had an allergy to corn and milk. He would have a bad skin reaction. So many packaged products have a corn byproduct in them. I finally found a Pepperidge Farm bread that was free of corn syrup and would buy that in between making fresh loaves at home!

Judith Kennedy - posted on 01/14/2009

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Thanks for the L-cysteine info. Good to know. Also everyone - there is a GREAT book out there and it's a quick read. It's a little on the rough side and to the point but still excellent for your library. Name is Skinny Bitch. (Sorry for language!).

Dori - posted on 01/07/2009

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Thank you all so much. I'm on the right track, so I feel much better. I'm thinking we need a surgeon general warning on food as well. I'm still learning and trying to balance between feeding my kiddos healthy and being realistic. Keep the info flowing!! Thanks!!

Bethany - posted on 01/07/2009

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yes, I actually did. I check all labels on EVERYTHING I buy. As much as possible I choose "whole foods" that I prepare at home from scratch but I don't have time to make my own bread so I typically choose an organic variety. If I can pronounce all the words on the list of ingredients & I know what they all are, I figure I'm in pretty good shape!

Judith Kennedy - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Monique:



Yes it's really a shame too.....  I buy my bread from Whole Foods, what a life saver, even though it's expensive.






I love Whole Foods! What would we do without it.

Judith Kennedy - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Dori:



Yes and I'm very frustrated by it. I'm a big label reader!! So which is the worst of the evils? sugar, HFCS or brown sugar?






HFCS is the worst - period. It is so processed (like 23 steps of heating, cooking, adding, blah blah blah) that your body can NOT recognize it and all it does it case havoc in your body. Sugar is natural and therefore much better but most often has additives to make it white. Brown sugar I'm not really sure about. Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) is the best if you're just buying sugar . Bottom line - if it has HFCS don't eat it.

Monique - posted on 01/07/2009

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Yes it's really a shame too.....  I buy my bread from Whole Foods, what a life saver, even though it's expensive.

Wendy - posted on 01/06/2009

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HFCS! It is made from corn, and the vast majority of our corn supply is GMO. GMO corn has not been tested to see about long term effects. Sugar isn't the greatest thing in the world, but people have been using it for centuries and its effects are known. HFCS is also used in everything - Did you know a serving size of ketchup has 2 teaspoons of HFCS in it? I don't know where they put the tomato!

Dori - posted on 01/06/2009

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Yes and I'm very frustrated by it. I'm a big label reader!! So which is the worst of the evils? sugar, HFCS or brown sugar?

Dwan - posted on 01/06/2009

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Most of the American diet has High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. It is a stem for alot of our illnesses. I am a strong label reader.

Judith Kennedy - posted on 01/06/2009

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Quoting Wendy:

The grocery store bread are way bad!! We make our own so I know *exactly* what goes into each batch. And just because something says it's wheat bread doesn't mean it is. If you read on the label the grain and it says something like "wheat flour (enriched with niacin, thiamine, whatever)" that is regular white wheat and is not good for you!! Real whole grain products never have to be enriched with anything - they contain everything your body needs without it having to be added in by the manufacturer.



Well said and Amen!!

Wendy - posted on 01/06/2009

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The grocery store bread are way bad!! We make our own so I know *exactly* what goes into each batch. And just because something says it's wheat bread doesn't mean it is. If you read on the label the grain and it says something like "wheat flour (enriched with niacin, thiamine, whatever)" that is regular white wheat and is not good for you!! Real whole grain products never have to be enriched with anything - they contain everything your body needs without it having to be added in by the manufacturer.

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