Saturday, January 24, 2009
I was always under the impression that Bakers Delight bread contained no nasty additives or preservatives however this is not the case. Upon investigation, I have since found out from the BD site that:
"Bakers Delight Traditional and Continental Breads are preservative free. What this means is that these breads do not contain any preservatives, including 282 and 223 which may effect certain people.... [but] ingredients to make our products may contain various additives. Additives are essential in some ingredients to ensure the quality and stability of the ingredient from manufacture to use in the product. Preservatives are a type of additive that is used to prolong the shelf life of food. Some products which contain fillings or toppings may still contain preservatives."
So all those times that I poured my money in to buying those Bakers Delight Cheesymite Scrolls for my kids instead of the cheaper imitations thinking that BD was healthier, I was sadly mistaken...oh well they were becoming frightfully expensive anyway.
The good news is this, if/when you go to Bakers Delight and you want to buy something, for example I bought a hot cross bun the other day, you can ask them to tell you the ingredients and they will type the product name in to their cash register and print you off a full receipt listing all the ingredients. Unfortunately I wish I did not know what was in a hot cross bun because they contain preservative 220 (sulphur dioxide) which is a common allergen and especially bad for people with asthma, sinus or who get migraines.
Hmmm. Nice! Anyone for a tasty hot cross bun?...think I'll be making my own this year.
According to the Mutual Benefits Marketing website, Food Additives Guide, Preservative 220, "occurs naturally in the atmosphere and as a pollutant gas from combustion processes, sulphur dioxide is implicated in formation of acid rain and has a choking odour. Derived from coal tar; all sulphur drugs are toxic and restricted in use (in USA, FDA** prohibits their use on raw fruits and vegetables), produced by combustion of sulphur, hydrogen sulphide or gypsum; known to provoke gastric irritation, nausea, diarrhoea, skin rash, asthma attacks and difficult to metabolise for those with impaired kidney function, also destroys vitamin B1 (thiamin), and should be avoided by anyone suffering from conjunctivitis, bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, or cardiovascular disease. Typical products are beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, potato products. Similar functional properties are displayed by the sulphites (E221-E227). Other names: sulphur superoxide".