Yesterday we returned from our trip to Mexico, it was a nine hour flight over-night, with the ‘STANDARD‘ plane food thrown in, and not very much of it for that fact.
Once at home, tired from not sleeping on the plane (it’s just something I can’t do), as well as the prolonged sitting position, all I really wanted was something tasty to eat. As you can imagine there wasn’t very much food in the house due to us being away for almost two weeks. I thought I would throw out any perishable food that was in the apartment before we left for a our trip (which was pretty much everything left in the fridge, seeing as we buy almost everything fresh).
However, there was some leftover bread (not mine I might add) in the fridge. Now, this bread had already been in the fridge for at least one week prior to us leaving, and I purposely (sad I know) left this in the fridge for our return, so that I could see what state it was in when I got home.
(I took this picture this morning 24/10/2015)
This bread is from Sainsburys, and in their ‘FINEST‘ range of products. Now I don’t know about you, but what I remember from eating bread when I was a kid (which was a few years back now), was that after a few days, the bread went stale, and if you left it for about a week, it would then start to go mouldy.
Granted, this bread had been in the fridge the whole time, but surely something that is supposed to be made from natural ingredients, shouldn’t look like the above picture, and still ok to eat?
(here are the ingredients for this brand of bread)
It might not look that bad from the label, and I was surprised not to see any emulsifiers in there, as these are what usually help to sustain the life of many products, as well as sugar. Now what it does have in there, is ‘FLOUR TREATMENT AGENT‘ which is what exactly!? As well ‘ASCORBIC ACID‘, which is better known as VITAMIN C.
So surely with VITAMIN C added to the bread it’s healthy, right? Not necessarily……..
ASCORBIC ACID is also known as E300 when it’s added as an artificial additive. These are processed ingredients added to your food which can then affect certain aspects of the food, one being its shelf life.
Many ‘E-NUMBERS‘ added to foods are used as emulsifiers to help fill out the mix of the food (saving money), and to make that food last longer.
My point/s is this:
- Always read the label
- If there are any ingredients in there that you don’t recognise, DON’T eat it
- If buying bread, spend a bit more money, and buy from a farmers market or GOOD bakers
- Always keep ALL foods as close to their natural state as possible
- ALWAYS EAT FRESH
I am not anti-bread, just for me, it plays havoc with my digestive system, and it makes toilet time a very painful experience (pleasant I know). Just make sure you are getting it from a reputable source, have a little look at the label, and don’t always believe what you are being sold.
If your food is lasting longer that you are expecting it to, then there’s a good chance that something has been tampered with to make it so.
Think about what’s going into your mouth, and then inside of your body. Your everyday performance, from the way that you feel, down to the way that you look, is all down to what goes into your gob, so try and start making better choices when and where you can.
I will be having words with with the person that bought this bread………..
Keep training hard, keep moving well, and let’s stay fit & healthy for a very long time to come!!