Monday, August 31, 2009

Whole Wheat Pita Bread and Synthetic Additives

Buying whole wheat pita bread should be simple and straightforward, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not, as many brands contain synthetic additives and other unnecessary ingredients used to improve(?) flavor and extend shelf life.

As is the case with most foods, a careful—but quick—reading of ingredient lists is necessary to determine which whole wheat pita you should be buying for yourself and your family.

I buy whole wheat pita (photo, above right) made only with the basic four ingredients needed to make bread: water, flour, yeast and salt. But right next to the pitas from the Queens Pita Bakery are ones from other makers that contain additives such as malted barley flour, dextrose, soy protein isolate and sucralose.

Granted, the Queens Pita Bakery may not deliver to stores in your neighborhood, but that shouldn’t stop you from studying ingredient lists and choosing the brand with the fewest—or hopefully no—synthetic additives.

Many doctors and scientists believe that our bodies are not hardwired to process the multitude of additives now rampant in our food. My gut (and non-medical common sense) tells me they are correct.

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