Besides the fact that homemade bread is so much cheaper to make, the health benefits of homemade bread vs store bought are amazingly different. There are only a few ingredients in homemade bread vs store bought bread with ingredients we can’t even pronounce! 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.
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.
Advantages of Homemade Bread
Homemade bread has the advantage of having high quality ingredients, better flavor, taste and texture and longer shelf life. You put in the right materials into the mix to ultimately create the best-tasting bread. Also, you can create a bread according to your own health needs and preferences. My kids enjoy white bread (like most kids) but I need to know they are actually getting some nutrients when they are eating it and that it’s not laden with sugar.
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.