Ingredients to Watch Out When Buying Bread

multiple-breadBread is an ancient staple in man’s diet. It used to be a simple food that provides energy for our daily needs.

But the bread today is very different from that of the past. The type of wheat, the yeast, and the ingredients used in the modern bread are no longer the same as the traditional bread.

The companies that mass-produce sliced bread are allowed to put dozens of chemicals, additives, and other unnecessary things into their products. Some of these are strongly linked to health issues, yet are still approved by the FDA for use in our food.

That is why it’s vital that you understand which bread to watch out for. We have done a lot of research on bread, what are the ingredients used, and why you should avoid.

Why You Should Never Eat White Bread

Whole grains are made of three layers. The outermost layer has the most fiber, the middle layer has the most nutrients, and the inner layer is mostly starch. White bread is made up only of the inner layer of the grains, and so it lacks the fiber and nutrients that whole grain breads contain.

The grain, stripped of its two outer layers, is then put through a high-speed mill in order to grind it up. These mills produce a lot of heat, which depletes even more nutrients from the already processed grains.

Once the grain is ground into flour, it is bleached. One common chemical used to bleach white flour is chlorine oxide. Chlorine oxide is a powerful irritant that is dangerous to inhale, and yet it is used to make food.

You’ll see below that bread is filled with many other chemicals, some of which are obviously dangerous. Regardless, of all bread types, white bread is the worst of them all.

Next, let’s take a look at the different ingredients in bread that you should look out for.

Additives Found In Many Store-Bought Breads:


  • High fructose corn syrup: Most people know that HFCS is really bad for us. It’s in most processed foods even though it can do quite a bit of damage to our bodies. HFCS can cause and worsen diabetes, weaken the immune system, and disrupt metabolic functions in the body.



  • Calcium proprionate: This ingredient increases inflammation along the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to ulcers. A study in the Journal Of Pediatric Health found that children who consume bread that contains calcium proprionate every day are more irritable and restless than children who avoid bread with calcium proprionate.
  • Azodicarbonamide: Banned in both Europe and Australia, this industrial chemical is present in hundreds of our food products. It disrupts the body’s hormone regulation, weakens the immune system, irritates the skin, and can trigger asthma symptoms. Azodicarbonamide is very commonly added to bread products, even some of the whole wheat and whole grain varieties.
  • Sucralose: Also known as Splenda, sucralose is most commonly found in light breads that are meant to be low calorie or low carb. A study in the Journal Of Toxicology And Environmental Health has linked this sugar substitute to a reduction in gut bacteria. We need our gut bacteria to properly break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight disease, just to name a few. Sucralose can also interfere with insulin and blood sugar regulation in the body.
  • Yellow food coloring: Yellow #5 is strongly linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behavior, and it may also contribute to blood cancer and thyroid cancer. Yellow #6 caused adrenal tumors in animal test subjects. The adrenal glands help regulate hormones in the body, so yellow #6 may act as a hormone disruptor. It is also linked to allergies and thyroid cancer.
  • Caramel coloring: This unnecessary additive caused lung cancer in animal test subjects and has also been linked to high blood pressure in humans. Recent quality control experiments with soda products found that the caramel coloring levels in many popular soda brands greatly exceed the limit that is considered safe. Some versions of caramel coloring may weaken the immune system and trigger allergies.

Other ingredients to watch out for – Datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium peroxide, mono and diglycerides.

Clearly, reading the ingredients label is important when buying bread. Some of the above items are completely unnecessary, such as yellow food coloring and caramel coloring. However, others serve valid purposes in keeping the bread “fresh” for long periods of time.

Traditional bread is baked and then eaten within a few days, so preservatives are not necessary. Store-bought bread has to stay good long enough to get from the facility where it’s made to the stores where it’s being sold, then sit there long enough to be purchased.

This is not an ideal way to buy bread because of the chemicals that are added to make this process possible. The best alternative is making your own bread, but if you aren’t willing to do that, then there are some store-bought types and brands that aren’t so bad.

Healthiest Types Of Bread:


  • Sprouted grains bread: This is arguably the healthiest type that you can buy. It uses whole grains rather than flour. The process involves soaking grains in water until they begin to sprout, then harvesting the sprouts and grinding them up.
  • Flaxseed bread: This is made with flax seeds, which are a healthy source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Flax seeds also contain fiber and promote healthy digestion.
  • Rye bread: This is made from whole rye grains. Rye bread is more filling than wheat bread, does not trigger a large insulin response after consumption, and can reduce bodily inflammation.
  • Oat bread: Made from healthy whole oats, this type of bread contains more fiber and more protein than wheat bread. Compared to wheat bread, it also has more nutrients and is more filling.

Brands That Carry Healthy Bread Types:

  • Food For Life
  • Rudi’s Organic Bakery
  • Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Ancient Grains Bakery
  • Manna Bread

Specific Examples Of Healthy Breads:

  • Food For Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread
  • Manna Bread’s Sunseed Bread
  • Canyon Bakehouse’s Gluten-Free Deli Rye Style Bread
  • Rudi’s Spelt Ancient Grain Bread

Always check the ingredients label before buying bread, and try to go for 100% natural and organic whenever possible. Sprouted grains bread seems to be considered the best type among health-conscious consumers. Flaxseed, rye, and oat breads are also all healthy alternatives to wheat bread. Whole wheat and whole grain breads can be healthy as long as you make sure that they aren’t loaded with artificial chemicals and additives.

However, avoid white bread at all costs. White bread is so processed that it hardly contains any nutrients, and it is made with bleached white flour. The above healthy bread brands may seem pricey if you’re used to cheap white or wheat bread. If you can’t afford to buy high-quality bread, then you should look into making your own. It can be surprisingly cheap to create your own bread, and you’ll know it’s truly good for you.

If bread is causing digestive-related issues such as bloating, gas and indigestion, you might be suffering from wheat intolerance. Go to the next page and watch the 3 eating strategies to reduce these digestive-related issues –





About the Author:

Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice.

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24 responses to “Ingredients to Watch Out When Buying Bread”

  1. Pauline Avatar

    I only eat french bread hard crusted from Small bakeries are they different from large producers ?

  2. Sharon Avatar

    You forgot to mention GMO’s. I used to recommend Ezekiel bread but have recently heard that they are NOT using NON GMO grains.

  3. Susan Roesser Avatar
    Susan Roesser

    Very informative, especially if your kids have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

  4. William J Gargan Avatar
    William J Gargan

    You failed to list Alvarado Street Bakery here in Sonoma County, the leader in Sprouted Grain Breads. This is a very old and established Bakery which led the whole sprouted grain industry?

    Is it that you are basically an advertising front or are you actually trying to tell the truth?


    1. Pattie Avatar

      Our family has been eating Alvarado Street Rye bread for years. It’s the best sprouted bread we’ve found. However, the ingredient list includes soy lecithin, cultured wheat and unsulphured molasses, so I’m wondering if this bread is gmo free.

  5. Carla Dorausch Avatar
    Carla Dorausch

    I woad like to thank you for the GREAT information you provide us with. I am 77 years old and put your information to good juse. PS no meds.
    Regards Carla Dorausch

  6. Dianne Colyar Avatar
    Dianne Colyar

    I went to Food for Life’s website. They only use organic & non GMO ingredients.

    1. Joel Avatar

      Their sprouted wheat bread tastes like cardboard. Alvarado is much better.

  7. Darcy Avatar

    What about sour dough bread?

  8. Camille Avatar

    What do u think about black rice bread?

  9. rashmi bhatia Avatar
    rashmi bhatia

    I am a big fan of your alkaline articles and solutions. I am in education field and guide the same to others.the brand given by you are international, are these available in india (Delhi).as in your previous article black rice contains the most nutrition and rich in iron so I think they are good for people.

  10. Betty Avatar

    What an eye opener! We use Arnold Oatmeal bread and it has the calcium propionate in it. Time to go back baking my own bread!

  11. Betty Avatar

    I have digestive problems. Never thought it was the bread. I like baking, so baking my own bread is no problem.

    1. Lilia Avatar

      I would really appreciate it someone out there would be nice enough to share a HOME MADE bread recipes

  12. Mary Canby Avatar
    Mary Canby

    Thank you for your interesting article… I’d appreciate 2 or 3 gluten-free recipes, if you please…. (I do not get along with rice flour or products… ) so for a number of years now, I’ve
    just avoided breads in my diet….
    but I would like to try baking some bread for myself….

    I’m nearly 86, and recall as a youngster, learning to bake bread using a potato starter. Do you happen to have a recipe for this? If so, thank you very MUCH!

    1. Janice Avatar

      Dear Mary,Please try the Happy Campers Bread at best gluten free bread i have ever had & i have tried them all! They even have cinnamon raisin bread to die for! Here are the ingredients in the Classy Slice Bread (100% NON-GMO):water,flour mix(organic whole millet seed,organic whole sorghum,organic whole buckwheat,organic whole quinoa seed,organic whole amaranth seed)organic tapioca flour,organic inulin,pea protein,raisin juice,organic extra virgin olive oil,psyllium husk,yeast,xanthan gum,sea salt,organic cumin.They have just started to put there bread in some stores,one i know of is Trader Joe’s but you can go onto there website to find out all the details!!! God Bless!!!

  13. Casper Avatar

    Very informational. I will put the advice to good use. I get headaches from breads with to much yeast. Do you have any suggestions of how to make my own bread with very little yeast?

    1. Michele Avatar

      To Mary Canby: Check out Elenas Pantry – Elena is a longtime celiac sufferer who has created amazing and tasty gluten free (paleo style) recipes! Check out her website and see all her amazing recipes. Another good one is Against the Grain – no rice flour substitutes in either of these ladies’ recipes! You can also friend them on Facebook, and their postings will show on your home page.

  14. P. Singh Avatar
    P. Singh

    I have been baking my own bread without all these BAD chemicals. The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen – Multigrain Bread. Just fantastic taste.

  15. Jerry J. Avatar
    Jerry J.

    Any article on bread, and that means any article should first mention that after 30 years of cross pollination, ALL grains are GMO. You can take a chance and buy organic wheat bread and really monitor your bodies reaction, if however you’ve got close enough to your body to do this, and see you the body reacts. Awareness to how the body reacts to foods is the key to health. If you do the research, and that means get through the first 10 pages of any Google page to where the uncensored articles are still alive and check out the latest research on GMO’s. They already know it’s not controversial anymore, ask anyone who knows about food and they’ve probably already done the research for you. GMO anything is downright poison, and if that’s to raw for you, keep listening to your body talk to you.

  16. Mary Avatar

    I appreciate the points brought out in this article. I’ve heard of a few other concerns, too. My understanding is that wheat is not genetically modified, yet, but they use glyphosate (the famous Round Up chemical used with GMOs) to dry the wheat, and Glyphosate has been found to have several serious physiological consequences. Bromine is another ingredient that concerns me, as it displaces iodine in the thyroid. Even though wheat hasn’t been genetically modified yet, it has been highly hybridized, so that it is now very different from our ancestral wheat, and the glutens have become difficult to digest. Additionally, the old methods of making bread, sourdoughs, predigested some of the more complex molecules, making it more suitable for us to digesting it in a healthful manor.

  17. Lula Henderson Avatar
    Lula Henderson

    My family & I have been eating “WONDER BREAD” for many years! None of us have any problems when we eat it!! Thus, please stop criticizing Wonder Bread!!

  18. huma Avatar

    Very useful information about bread. I love bread but didn’t know what to look for before making my choices about bread.i loved the idea of baking it at home if you have time.

  19. Sharon Avatar

    I am wondering if you answer comments that require a an answer. I go to the Breadsmith for my breads. Do you have any information on the breads they sell?

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