What are some reasons you may want to consider making your own bread?

One primary motivator for me is the elimination of any chemical preservatives, coloring, flavor, etc. that is often found in commercial breads. Even though there are many more whole grain options on the bread shelf, if the first ingredient in that bread doesn’t say “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grain,” you can’t be sure the product actually contains all three parts of whole grain (WebMD) and you may find a listing of numerous preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc.

Bread color is not a guarantee that the product is whole grain either. Many commercial breads contain artificial coloring. If “wheat flour” is not listed as a primary ingredient, it’s likely that it was made with processed white flour.


Health benefits of whole grains include low in fat and cholesterol free; plant protein, loads of fiber, resistant starch, minerals vitamins, etc. When you make your own bread, you have much more control over the quality and freshness of the grain you use.

 Commercial bakery-style breads made with authentic whole grain flavors and organic products are expensive. By making your own bread, you can use a store-brand organic all-purpose flour and produce a loaf of bread for around $2.00. Even if you make white bread, you can obtain organic flour and eliminate artificial flavor, color, and preservatives and make bread for about $1.00 per loaf.

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