Homemade Bread vs Store Bought – Myths and Facts

Posted on Sep 2, 2018 in Health

You must have wondered about this at least once in your lifetime. It’s impossible not to think about the difference between homemade bread and store-bought. We are not here to debunk some big myths about baking or shop-bought bread, but there are several things we want to clarify.

Homemade bread is much healthier than shop-bought

Yes, it is! It is much healthier than any bread that your bakery sells. Home-baked bread contains exactly what you want to eat. The difference between the two types of bread is that with your bread you can control the ingredients including their quantity and quality. Perhaps you want to mix the whole wheat flour with the white flour.

According to several specialists, white flour is unhealthy and regular consumption can easily lead to various disorders including obesity, heart diseases, and diabetes. For this reason, many people mix or replace it with wheat flour, rye, or spelt. As previously mentioned, as long as you make your bread, you can control the ingredients. For example, you can replace the standard sunflower oil with coconut oil that is much healthier, and the sugar can be replaced with honey. Plus, you can add the desired amount of sugar or salt, especially if you have health problems. The best part of preparing your bread is that you can juggle with the ingredients. Furthermore, we are sure that you don’t use all kinds of additives to help it bake faster as some bakeries do.

Homemade bread is much tastier than store-bought bread

We don’t want to debunk this myth, because we believe in it! Yes, that’s true! Homemade bread tastes very good. It is tastier and healthier than a shop-bought one. Plus, it’s much cheaper. You won’t spend as much money to make it. The only thing that you will spend when you start making bread is your time. And, of course, you will spend some money on the bread machine. However, there are so many models on the market that finding a good one shouldn’t be a real problem for you. Plus, with all these technological advances, you can find a bread machine that does everything from mixing and kneading the dough to baking the bread and putting in special ingredients at the right time, all without requiring your intervention in the slightest.

Store-bought bread is not healthful

Although most market bread is labeled as whole-grain, this doesn’t guarantee its healthfulness. Generally speaking, store-bought bread contains more than 20 ingredients, including additives and preservatives. It’s recommended to avoid the use of a product that contains sucrose, glucose, and fructose, and whole-grain bread is one of these products. Even if the ingredients are not present in relatively high proportions, you should avoid them nonetheless. Instead, if you are too busy to bake your bread, you can eat bread made with sprouted grains. Aside from being nutritive, it provides fibers, vitamin C, and proteins.

Warm water and sugar for a good dough

As you have probably seen, most bakers advise you to use warm water and sugar to make a perfectly good dough. Well, no! We love homemade bread and we also love to debunk myths. Believe us, this is a very common myth! You can mix yeast with warm water. Nothing bad will happen and the yeast will activate faster. But, you can also mix it with cold water. Believe us! The dough will rise anyway. You will see plenty of bread recipes based on sugar as well. The myth says that good dough needs sugar to rise. Believe us, you can forget about sugar! Instead, use other sweeteners, or even honey. Don’t worry! The dough will rise anyway and the bread will taste extremely good. Plus, if you take a look at the shop-bought bread, you will see that labels specify the quantity of honey used.

Bread machine vs. Oven

One of the most controversial subjects when it comes to homemade bread is the use of a bread machine. While some people are in love with these incredible kitchen appliances that vary in features and functions, others are completely against them for many reasons. One of these reasons is the shape of the bread. When baked in the bread maker, the bread doesn’t maintain its traditional shape. Plus, the texture of the crust is not the same. It is tough and very crunchy. Besides, it is too thick as compared to bread baked in the oven that is more homogeneous. However, you can use the bread machine only to mix and knead the dough to get rid of this issue.