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Grocery store lessons: flour


When the Internet exploded a little while back with the news that Subway (and a number of other fast food restaurants) included the ingredient¬†azodicarbonamide (a chemical also found in things such as yoga mats) I felt a little smug. After all, it’s extremely rare for me to eat at Subway, and even more rare for me to eat at the other places mentioned. Then I saw a post by a friend of mine on facebook indicating that¬†azodicarbonamide can be found in flours on grocery store shelves. That lead me to take a look through my cupboards.

Lo and behold, there it was in the ingredient list for my healthy whole wheat flour. Interestingly, not for my unbleached all-purpose white flour, nor for my organic gluten-free flours. It turns out that perhaps the fast food companies aren’t to blame for this one. This goes back to the ingredient suppliers.

Now,¬†azodicarbonamide may be safe for us to consume in the quantities that it’s present in our flour. It may not be. I don’t know. Personally, I’d rather avoid consuming unnecessary additives regardless. I know that in the future I’ll be checking the ingredients in my flour before I buy it. I’m also feeling a whole lot less smug about baking my own bread.