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Is Homemade Bread Healthier than Store-Bought?

Buying bread in the store can be so cheap and convenient that you might wonder is homemade bread healthier? Get rid of fillers and chemicals and make your own homemade bread recipes.

Is homemade bread healthier?

Is Homemade Bread Healthier?

Living healthy is really so easy and many of these bread recipes can be done very quickly with minimal work from you, the new bread goddess, which is what your family will call you when you serve this up amidst glorious fresh bread smells tickling their noses. So, is homemade bread healthier? Let’s find out.

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Is Homemade Bread Better?

Homemade bread is so much better than store-bought bread, it isn’t laden with preservatives, and it is very inexpensive to make, and doesn’t take all that much time, either.

In general, bread gets a bad rap because grains these days are not easy for your body to digest. We hear so much about gluten-free products so we have to ask ourselves is homemade bread healthier and better for us? Well, a lot of the wheat crops in this country are being genetically modified to make more money for the people in the food industry but ends up hurting the general public.

Thankfully, we are starting to be more health conscious and prefer to see what we are eating rather than trust a list of ingredients on the packaging. Homemade bread is like no other, and if you want to save money and eat healthy here are a few reasons why you should make your own bread.

homemade bread vs store bought

Loaded with additives and salt, this cheap, mass produced bread is far from desirable, and even if you invest in a bread maker rather than doing it by hand, the cost of the bread you will be making on a regular basis will soon be recouped as what you are turning it out is of a much more superior quality than anything you can buy in the shops.

Homemade Bread Sandwich Rolls

Benefits of Homemade Bread

Have a look at the list of ingredients on the side of the bread in your kitchen. Along with the expected flour, yeast etc you will see such things listed as emulsifiers, usually followed by a few long words that make no sense to anyone, preservatives and treatment agents.

Commercial bread that sits on the shelf requires a lot of preservatives to keep it from getting stale and moldy. You can buy more expensive bread that seems better quality but the reality is that packaged bread always has some preservatives.

Make your own bread and you know exactly what is going into it, so you can relax in the knowledge that you are giving your family the best bread possible.

One of the main problems with bread is that manufacturers want to make as much bread as possible in the shortest amount of time. This is what makes their bread more profitable.

In order to do this, they cut the time involved by using things like dough conditioners (such as Azodicarbonamide, that famous ingredient which is also used to make yoga mats) which are linked to various health problems.

homemade bread loaf

Home-baked bread can also offer more nutrients and fewer additives than commercially manufactured breads.

The USDA recommends consuming at least 3 oz. of whole grains daily. Labels on commercial breads can lead you to believe they contain more whole grains than they actually do. When you prepare bread at home, you can be sure of the amount of whole grains included in the recipe.

If you have serious food allergies, you can tailor your bread recipes to leave out the offending ingredients. Even manufactured breads that do not contain the allergen may have been produced on equipment contaminated with it. Making your own bread prevents almost all possibility of cross-contamination

Homemade Bread is Adaptable

Many people cannot eat ordinary bread due to food intolerance, such as those with celiac’s disease cannot eat anything with gluten.

These specialist items are hard to find and expensive to buy, and the easiest way is to make your own. There are literally thousands of recipes online for bread, and it is easy to adapt the recipes to miss out the gluten. Those on a low carb diet will be able to find a bread recipe that they can adapt to suit their needs too, in fact there is a bread to suit everyone’s dietary needs.

Christmas Stollen Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread Tastes Better

Walking into a home and smelling bread baking gives you a really good feeling, and has been known to be used in houses that aren’t selling by estate agents. Along with freshly ground coffee, homemade bread offers one of the most enticing smells you will find, and feeling good is even more important than looking good.

Is homemade bread better for you

Homemade Bread Health Benefits

When you make your own homemade bread, you can control the ingredients. You can add ingredients as you wish like flax seeds or quinoa (yes really!) or oatmeal. You can choose high-quality flours and you control the sugar content and what sweetener is used.

Also, you can choose to use less sodium in homemade bread vs store bought. You can make a heartier, healthier bread by using 100 percent whole wheat flour or other whole grain flours. Whole wheat flour has more fiber and nutrients than refined white flour.

Here are some of my favorite things I use to make my homemade bread!

I absolutely love my KitchenAid KSM75WH 4.5-Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer – White. You can make bread without it, but when you are busy and have other things going on in life, the mixer makes homemade bread a reality.
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Wednesday 19th of June 2019

When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I still pregnant, I was advised to eliminate foods such as rice, fruit juice, bread, and all foods with high sugar content. At first, I find it difficult since I'm a bread lover. But thankfully, I found out that there are breads that are homemade and healthier that use little to no sugar or sugar alternatives like stevia that I can still enjoy.


Thursday 9th of August 2018

Home made bread is the best . Like the lady says. flour,water,yeast,salt and honey if you please. You can't get the carp that commercial bakeries use. you have total controll on what you put in. Just buy the best flour you can afford.

In Canada IBuy Millers Pride, no Gmo. no bleaching and preservatives.

Just dont buy anything that comes in crinkly bags.


Sunday 23rd of April 2017

How is being cheaper equate to being healthier? Only one of the five actually related to the article. It was pretty ridiculous.

Ann Demaret

Sunday 4th of March 2018

I have started making my own bread and the difference between homemade and shop is incredible . I have one big problem, I make fresh bread every day, but being rather a porker I cannot stop eating it. Needless to say I am seriously worried to discover that I am so undisciplined . I just have absolutely no control whatsoever. I eat it with no butter, jam ,cheese etc, i am just addicted to fresh bread. Does anyone know how to stop eating ?


Monday 24th of April 2017

I'm sorry you feel that way Crys. It was actually supposed to be a post about why homemade bread is better than store bought but somewhere along the way the title got changed.

Benefits of Homemade Bread vs Store Bought

Monday 17th of April 2017

[…] Preservatives may also be used to help boost shelf life, which reduces manufacturing cost. Some of the ingredients you need to be cautious about include high fructose corn syrup, calcium dioxide, datem, ethoxylated mono and diglycerides, dicalcium phosphate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium propionate, soy lecithin, ammonium chloride and ammonium sulfate. Not sure what these ingredients are? Read this post on 5 Reasons Why Homemade Bread is Better. […]

Aleksandar Solunov

Friday 26th of October 2018

all substances that are used as additives in the bread are scraped control of local legislation In every country.practically the substances that are put in Flour to improve the quality of the bread are decomposed to a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius.This means that when the bread is baked, these substances have disappeared before reaching 60 degrees Celsius.practically in the final product, that is, in bread there are not even traces of the substances that have been incorporated in the flour.practically this means one thing all the additives that you put in Flour are absolutely safe for human health.more information on this can be found on the website:

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