Bake Your Own Bread To Boost Your Health

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It’s no surprise that more of us are choosing to bake our own bread, which isn’t just down to the lovely aroma that fills the house after bread making. Not only does it make financial sense, with the price of a bought loaf having rocketed in recent years, it has never been easier to bake bread.

With the help of a bread maker – or a little practice without – you can produce a loaf just as good as that from the bakery, but with a number of advantages for your health into the bargain. If you bake your own bread you know exactly what has gone into the mix – it can be quite a shock when you look at the back of the pack of a pre-packaged loaf to see all the preservatives – which for a basic loaf will typically be flour, water, margarine, sugar, yeast and salt, that’s all.

Besides choosing the size and shape of your loaf, you can select what other ingredients you add to your mix and it is these which can change a standard white loaf into one bursting with health benefits.

 

Healthy extras

 

  • Have you considered using granary flour? This flour is packed with intact grains and not only makes an interesting loaf, but one packed with goodness. Like whole meal it’s full of fiber and has a higher vitamin and mineral content than white bread, as the wholegrain is used. However, granary bread has the additional benefit that it has a lower glycaemic index – it doesn’t raise your blood sugars as quickly – so not only does it keep you feeling fuller for longer, but in someone with diabetes it helps to control blood sugars better. Rye flour is another that produces a loaf with a lower glycaemic index, but the denseness and strong flavour of this type of loaf isn’t to everyone’s taste.
  • Nuts and seeds are becoming an increasingly common addition to bread, either as a topping or included in the dough itself. As well as adding extra flavour and texture, they pack a nutritional punch, as they are rich in heart healthy unsaturated fats and Vitamin E, essential for healthy skin. Of particular interest are walnuts and linseeds, as these are a plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to promote a favourable balance of fats in the blood, reduce the risk of blood clotting and keep the heart beating regularly.
  • Sundried tomatoes are full of flavour and add a touch of colour to any loaf. However, that’s not all, as like any tomatoes they are packed with lycopene, a plant vitamin connected with a reduced incidence of heart disease and certain cancers which typically affect the health of over 50’s the most.
  • Add sliced olives to your bread mix to get the benefit of their monounsaturated fat content, the type of fat most beneficial for your cholesterol level. Olives are also a good source of Vitamin E and a range of other plant nutrients linked with good health. bread thumb Bake Your Own Bread To Boost Your Health

Tips for getting the most out of your additions

 

  • If you usually only make white bread and a granary loaf seems a step too far, it is possible to make a loaf using a proportion of white and granary flour, for example half and half.
  • When making a seeded bread you often get best results if you use a range of different seeds in each loaf. Sunflower, pumpkin, poppy, mustard and linseeds are a winning combination for a flavorsome loaf.
  • When using sundried tomatoes, remember that if they are dried rather than those packed in oil, you will have to pre-soak them in warm water for about half an hour, so factor this in to your preparation time to ensure you get the juiciest tomatoes in your bread. Pre-soaking also helps to remove some of their salt content. If the recipe for your bread uses oil, you can use the oil that your sundried tomatoes were stored in, as this will have been infused with their flavour.
  • If you are going to make olive bread be sure to buy black olives with the pit still inside. Although this means extra work for you in taking the pit out, it’s well worth it, as olives with the pit included are of higher quality, so you will get the best bread possible. Olive bread with rosemary is a popular combination, but go easy if you decide to add cheese, as this pushes up the saturated fat in your loaf.

Author Bio:

Ruth is a health writer for an online healthcare business and strongly believes that prevention is better than the cure when it comes to healthy eating and exercise as an alternative to drug therapy.

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Comments

  1. Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.
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  2. We can also mix in fruits to breads, like blueberries and banana.

  3. Awesome!
    My mom has diabetic, would it be great for her to eat own baked bread?
    What is your recommendation for the additions on this case?
    Thanks,

  4. Home Bread is best bread in this world. Neat and clean home baked bread always make your mood freash and healthy.
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  5. Its great to know how to bake some bread to boost your health. I think that being able to know the content of your bread is such a great bless. I know that everyone wanted to eat healthy and delicious food.
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  6. Sounds extremely delicious and healthy! Since visiting Italy I’m a big fan of sundried tomatoes and olives as well!
    My wife got a some kind of bread making machine a while ago, however we have only used a couple times.. they didn’t turn out very well :(
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    • I’m sorry to hear that. But there are other ways to do it. You can watch a video on how to make a bread from scratch without the help of bread making machine.
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  7. Enjoyed the post. May I suggest, aside from being helpful in keeping a person’s well-being, baking your own bread can actually be a good addition to therapy methods, like something to keep someone’s emotions in check (after suffering from a career-suspending/ending injury). It also helps the patient to bond with friends and relatives, which in turn can help in the recovery process.

  8. I’ve just recently discussed buying a bread maker with my fiance because we run through so many loaves of bread a week. I think I’m going to try the seedy and nut breads even the sun dried tomato sounds good. Thanks for writing this post to inspire me!

  9. Look at that seeded bread! It looks delicious. Time to start baking my own bread, thank you for the article!
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  10. Another great example of innovation, I am glad to find it. There are so many things working on this segment but this is one of the best innovative idea ever. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  11. Hey Farrukh,
    home baked bread is a great nutritional idea I’ve never thought of. It is probably something to keep on my mind. It is also good to try and add fruits into the bread. Thank you for sharing.
    Nathan
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