Dr Oz: What’s Wrong With American Bread
Dr Oz acknowledged that bread has become a “public health enemy” in our country, which is why he wanted to figure out what’s gone wrong with bread and how you can find a healthy bread for you. Dr Oz sent Mark Schatzker on the road to take a look into the bread industry to find out what’s going on with bread in America. To find out why bread has become so bland, Mark traveled to Wild High Farm to learn more about the main ingredient in bread: flour.
Good flour is the key to good bread, and the owner of the farm, Don, explained that modern wheats are farmed without focus on flavor or nutrient density. According to Don, it’s also about how you mill the wheat. The majority of America’s wheat is milled with commercial rollers that remove the most nutritional parts. Don stone-grinds his wheat so that the bran and germ remains in the flour, giving you much more nutrition.
Dr Oz: What’s Wrong With Supermarket Bread
Next, Mark visited a European-trained master baker at Eataly in New York City. John is the head baker there, which is famous for its quality selection of breads. John explained that when he mixes the flour, salt, and yeast, he lets it rise for at least ten hours. Bread in the supermarket ferments for a max of four hours, which makes for a gummy, dense, flavorless bread. John explained that the longer a bread ferments, the more flavorful it will be. When you let bread ferment, you’re making it easier for the body to digest.
Mark then joined Dr Oz and explained that, nutritionally speaking, whole wheat bread is entirely different than white bread. The flavorless breads found in the supermarket that aren’t fermented for long enough, have “given whole wheat bread a bad name,” according to Schatzker.
Dr Oz: Whole Grain Vs White Bread
When you look at a grain of wheat, it contains bran (fiber), germ (protein, minerals, and B vitamins), and endosperm (empty carbs). When you get white carbs, it’s mainly made up of just the endosperm. If you grind the whole kernel, you’ll keep the nutritious part of the wheat. White bread is made from just the endosperm because it has a longer shelf life.
So how do you find the right kind of bread at the supermarket, without having to go to a bakery for fresh-made bread? Dr Oz suggesed looking for sprouted grain bread or ezekiel bread. It tastes good and is good for you!