While at the store the other day I picked up a couple of loaves of Natures Own Whole Wheat bread. On the packaging it states, "No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, no HFCS. It looks like a healthier choice than white bread.
After I got home I scanned the ingredient list.
Whole Wheat Flour, water, wheat gluten, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: brown sugar, honey, wheat bran, soybean oil, salt, dough conditioners, (so far so good except for that GMO soybean oil huh?) Now comes the fun part, (contains one or more of the following: Sodium Stearoyl lactylate, Calcium stearoyl Lactylate, Monoglycerides and/or Diglycerides, Calcium Peroxide, Calcium Iodate, Datem, Ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, Enzymes), Vinegar, Cultured wheat flour, Ammonium Sulfate, Monocalcium phosphate, Soy Lecithin.
Why are there so many chemicals in my 100% Whole wheat bread that are also used as industrial fertilizers? Kinda makes you wonder. Ostensibly, there added to improve the texture of the bread and so that each and every loaf behaves the same way when it's put together and baked.
The beauty of home made sourdough bread is the control I have over the ingredients but each and every loaf I bake has it's own look, no two are the same. Just about all of my wheat flours are ground from whole wheat berries. Water, salt and of course, sourdough starter finish off the ingredients list for a loaf of home made bread. I may get fancy once in a while and add cheese and herbs to the bread but there all fresh grown herbs out of my garden most of the time. I don't have a lot of control over the cheese making but it's not hard to find an all natural cheese even in a supermarket.
Growing up I can't ever remember one of my childhood friends telling me he/she was gluten/lactose, whatever, intolerant. Allergic to strawberries or something like that, sure. I blame the food industry itself for creating all these latest ills in our society. The pasteurization/homogenization of all our foods, not to mention all the genetic modifications and extraneous chemical crap added.