Homemade Bread vs Store Bought

Besides the fact that these bread recipes are so cheap to make, the health benefits of homemade bread vs store bought are amazingly different. I’m also not quite sure there is a better smell than homemade bread in the oven, am I right?

Benefits of Homemade Bread vs Store Bought

You can easily make homemade bread at home on a weekly basis with either a bread machine or a KitchenAid mixer with dough hook. Nowadays, there are so many easy ways to knead bread while you are doing other things. Even if you use the mixer, you just mix up the dough and then pop it out to rise and then bake in a pan. So easy!

Is Industrial Bread Bad for You?

The difference between homemade bread vs store bought is that store bought bread is made to have uniform substance and texture, to be produced on a massive scale and to have just enough shelf-life for you to keep returning to the grocery. Excessive amounts of yeast help produce a lot of bubbles inside the bread, which leads to the light texture of the bread. Lower quality grains are also used and can lack the essential nutrients.

The main goal of commercialized bread is to be produced as cheaply as possible to earn the highest profit.

Store Bought Bread on Shelf

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.

Many commercially prepared breads contain over 130 mg of sodium per slice. If you prepare your own at home, you can limit the amount of salt in the loaf.

Not sure what these ingredients are? Read this post on 5 Reasons Why Homemade Bread is Better.

homemade bread is healthier

In our house there is no question between homemade bread vs store bought. It’s not to say I don’t buy my bread ever, but I am insanely picky and prefer to make bread at home.

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  1. I’m just so pressed for time and homemade bread is time-consuming. Is there a certain brand I can buy from the store that is as healthy as homemade bread?

    1. I do buy bread at the store when I don’t have time to make it, which is actually often. But – I only buy Vermont Bread! I love it and feel really good giving it to my kids. I’m not sure where you live or if it’s available out of New England.

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