It aint so healthy, read the ingredients

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
February 1, 2009 12:32pm CST
I usually go to the day old counter to get my bread, rather then pay $6.00 a loaf of it fresh (I am diabetic and usually buy the multi-grain bread.) Usually I get Country Harvest the one with the flax seeds in them, but this time, there was none available, but there was the Superstore's own made in the bakery brand. It had whole wheat, rye flour, gluten, flax and mustard seeds and rolled oats in it. Plus it had healthy oils, except for one thing, it had fruitcose and sucrose in it. In other words, instead of using sugar to help the yeast rise, they used corn syrup instead. Now I have read the reason people are gaining weight is because of the corn syrup being used instead of cane sugar in sweetened products and I do not consider everydya. bread as something that needs to be sweet. So what do you think of this? I mean I buy multi-grain because it is healthy, at least it is supposed to be, but to substitute corn syrup instead of sugar? Do they really value our health?
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
1 Feb 09
They don't care about our health, whatever gave you that idea?! I know, you're being facetious. But food companies like every other big business care only about the bottom line. If they can fool us into thinking they are concerned about us in some way, all the better because people will buy their product over others. It's no wonder people are fat! I do read the ingredients on everything I buy, and when I buy something bad for me, I do it on purpose! I eat a low fat bread that's 40 calories a slice--otherwise, I could not afford the calories in a sandwich!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
6 Feb 09
You are right, I think that since the end of the forties, the quality of food has gotten worse. And when they take fat off the food, they replace it with sugar. Sounds rather stupid to me. And if you want to get healthier you have to pay more for it. I went to the health food store, to get some vitamins and herbal medicines because I am diabetic - and it was so expensive. You just cannot win.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Corn syrup is unhealthy, but in bread I wouldn't worry too much. Yeast needs a small amount of sugar in some form to begin to work, but unless it's a sweet bread like a coffee cake, the amount of corn syrup (or any other sweetener) is small in comparison to the other ingredients.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I was looking on the cooking channel about ancient bread, the kind that the ancient Romans made, and what they did was to use whole grain flour, a little yeast and enough water to motion and put it into a bowl coated with olive oil. They needed it as little bit, and let it rise. Now it took all day, but there was no sugar involved and they had to feed the whole population of Rome with it as well.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
7 Feb 09
If they let the wet ingredients rise all day, some of the starch from the grain turned to sugar, just the way it does in your body. That's enough to allow the yeast to grow. Also, today we use dehydrated yeast that needs to be activated, so it may take more of a sweet punch to get it started, I don't know. I'd like to make some bread just like that.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I am writing a novel and in it, there will be a banquet, well at least two or three -I love food and I have been looking up ancient Roman recipes because some of the people were rather isolated and so I have to know how they made that bread.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Wow,I wouldn't pay $^.00 a loaf I would have to go without but like you I do go to the day old bread to get it cheaper. It is how I cut corner and save a little here and there. In these days and times you have to. My mom is a diabetic and she buys those same kinds of breads you do. She likes the ones with the grains in them. I like them also and get them a few times a year but mostly I will buy the wheat bread that doesn't have the flax seed and stuff in them. they like to sneak ingredients in on us sometimes you would not expect it to be in there but it is. If they can get bread to rise in those without sugar(sugar free kinds) Then why add sugar at all to breads? Be better for us all around even kids.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
I get it on the half price shelf and if there is no bread that I like, I will make it myself. Oh you can make bread without sugar, I made some -ancient Roman bread. Of course they made a sourdough, and used that to rise it, so in the winter, I had to use yeast. I was amazed that it turned out so well. But I feel that you get what you pay for, so I do not buy white bread for myself.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Hey, Thanks for the best response it is greatly appreciated very much..
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Apr 11
You are welcome. Sorry took so long to acknowledge. I did find some sprouted grain bread and it is so good that when I could not get any, the regular whole grain bread seemed a bit too sweet.
• United States
2 Feb 09
That is a lot of money for manufactured bread. They charge that much for gourmet. And if they are putting corn syrup in your bread, they don't value your health. I don't buy bread for myself. I do buy gourmet French. I have no choice because my bread machine broke. I need to get a new one now. Homemade is the best, and it is not time consuming. I am trying to get one that is not made in China.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Feb 09
I thought that since they made it in their bakery, they would be more careful. I can understand Country Harvest, it is expensive and it is good, the price is worth it, but something that they can get most of the ingredients nearby well, I expected a little cheaper. And we have beet sugar here, so we really do not need to put corn syrup in it and Superstore is Canadian, not American like Safeway.
• United States
2 Feb 09
We have beet sugar in items here, too...which I feel better about. But the local grocery stores put anything in their food unless they label it organic. Even if they put healthy on it, it can still be loaded with things that are bad for you. If it sells, that is all they care about.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
6 Feb 09
You have to really watch things now.
@youless (94734)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Feb 09
I would like to respond to your discussion as I concern about diabetics. So far I know that pumpkin is very healthy for you. And some bitter vegetables are so helpful for you, too. But I just don't know its English word as these vegetables seem to be available in Asia. I am from China, by the way. I love China
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Feb 09
We have a lot of Filipinos, East Indians, and Chinese in our neighborhood so we have an Oriental section in our Superstore. We get a whole lot of oriental vegetables, but I do not know where it comes from. I think you are talking about what we call Bitter Melon, sort of a dark green wrinkly vegetable is it not? I heard that is good, but tastes horrible. I have only had it when we had Chinese food once and that was when we used to live in Vancouver.
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@youless (94734)
• Guangzhou, China
3 Feb 09
You are right. Bitter melon, this is something good for the diabetic. I know it tastes terrible, even I don't like eating it. Usually the elders will like it. In fact my friends all like it except for me.
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• United States
2 Mar 11
It's hard to believe anything that is not truly in a raw has some form of corn syrup in it. Read your labels and you'll notice almost everything that we consume that is not in it's natural state had it included as an ingredient. I bet it's cheaper than using regular sugar is why it's so commonly used. And yes I agree this may be impacting why more and more people are over weight and diabetic. To answer you last question, it's hard to say what they value. If you have not seen it yet watch FOOD Inc. it's available on NETFLIX and will probably give you the best answer to your question.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Apr 11
I shall see if I can see it. Is it on the net as well? I find that I get a lot of information from Dr Oz. I do not trust those PBS broadcasts as when they do their trying to get more members drive. I find with the label reading that it is quite small, and the ones that say it contains high glucose corn syrup is the hardest part to see. And I am not near sighted so that I have to wear glasses or else hold it up to the light and most of the time I can see regular high print, but it seems when they do labels, they put the ingredient list at almost the same color as the text.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I too, am a diabetic and I only buy sprouted-grain bread. It's flourless bread and keeps the blood sugar much lower. It's the probably the lowest type bread on the glycemic index. But I've been able to buy it for about 4 bucks per loaf. Where do you live that it costs so much? The sprouted grain breads may have raisin juice sweetener, but never corn syrup. You are right. I think manufacturers are only looking at the bottom line. Health says avoid the HFCS. But cheap says sweeten with it.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Apr 11
I am not diabetic. Went on a no sugar and no fruit for ten days, and that cleared out the sugar so now I can eat nromallyu. We have sprouted grain bread in our Superstore and it is much better then even the regular whole grain bread. I did not know about the raisin juice sweetener. Yes it does cost that much here and I live in Winnipeg. Last week it was over $5. This week it was on sale, that is a little over $4 if you consider that a sale.
• Canada
3 Feb 09
They don't care about our health at all They only say they do and put things in pretty packages with all the buzz words and phrases that make us feel like we're buying quality products. I read the labels because I'm a vegetarian, and I have blood sugar levels that spike suddenly and a slight cholesterol problem that is (almost) under control through diet ... and you wouldn't believe what ingredients they put in some foods. My biggest pet peeve right now is gelatin and sugars
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Feb 09
I hate it when I look at so called low cal or low fat salad dressings, the vinaigrette kind and then they add sugar to it.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Oh my thats a lot of money for a loaf of bread...I only pay $1.38 for a loaf of whole wheat bread....As for do they really value our health? No!!! they do not!...THE ONLY PERSON THATvalues your health is YOU, so you have to watch after your health yourself....These stores are only interested in selling their wares...
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
I have to get my bread from the 50 percent off shelf, and it is not available on Saturdays and Mondays is when my son or my friend take me shopping. Then I have to go to the Superstore in the middle of the week. It really makes me mad.
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I usually get the light bread. I believe it has 40-45 calories per slice. It's better for my health. I'm too bad. I love sugary products and I don't mind eating corn syrup although I know it's bad for one's health. I'll try to eat less sugar so I don't get fat, you know? It's helpful if you buy organic or read the ingredients to see what's in the product. Cheers! Pablo
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Feb 09
I usually get Country Harvest, but it was not on the discount counter, so I had to pick up the bakery bread as I was running out. And I do not like to pay full price for anything. The Country Harvest bread here is very healthy, and there is another kind I like but they slice it too thick for me, so I was thinking if I got an unsliced loaf of healthy bread, I can slice it thin, but really I should cut down on my bread.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Seems like that paticular brand doesn't. We usually buy Arnolds wholegrain bread, usually you can buy 2 for $5 or $6 at Safeway. I don't check the ingredients and after seeing your discussion, I decided to check whether they used corn syrup instead of sugar and it says sugar. It even says on the front package "no high fructose corn syrup" so that must mean it's good enough to eat :) My hubby and son seem to think so :0)
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@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I don't like that, either. A few days ago I read that some corn syrup has mercury in it. I can't believe they allow that to be put in our food.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Feb 09
OF course not they use the cheapest thing they can and pass it on to us. And then charge like they have put the good stuff in.
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