by Deborah Manos
Ah, the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Volumes of information posted on Google, Facebook and Twitter should make us be living longer, right? That’s just not the case. Here’s one potential factor:
During a recent trip to Athens, Greece, I may have uncovered one of the secrets to why they live longer and we don’t.
Outside Athens, my cousin George took me to the Manos Bakery. A Yia Yia (old lady) was completing her purchase. I watched her as she left the bakery – cane in one hand – bakery bag in the other. She literally sprinted up the hill totting her goodies. As I watched her, I couldn’t help lament, “How can she eat that?” – and more importantly “how can she walk up this hill that fast?!”
My father was a baker. I used to love eating bread. Now I shy away from it. Often times, I pass the “bakery” of the grocery store and notice the smell that does not smell like fresh baked bread. It has an usual yeasty smell. So, how is it that now I think all things from the bakery are unhealthy?
Let’s look inside Yia Yia’s bakery bag.
Inside there is nothing made with unbleached, or brominated flours. Her bakery was not baked with flour stripped of necessary nutrients. Her flour was not covered in a toxic chlorine gas bath, along with benzyl peroxide and chlorine dioxide to make it white nor did they use Potassium bromate. Yes, this is how our four is made in America.
In 1910 America, bleached flour was declared illegal and “unfit for human consumption.” The newly formed FDA and it’s first FDA chief were lobbied by bread millers of the day. Torn between duty to the public and duty to the corporations – the corporations won out and the results are on our grocery and bakery shelves.
What is Bromination? Bromated means the flour has been treated with potassium bromate. Here’s a direct quote from Breast Cancer Choices.org website about other products that contain bromide/bromate:
“Currently, bromide is found in pesticides (methyl bromide), bread products (potassium bromate), brominated vegetable oil that may be added to citrus-flavored drinks, hot tub cleansers, certain asthma inhalers and prescription drugs, plastic products, some personal care products, and some fabric dyes”[i]
Potassium bromate is a known carcinogen. Carcinogen means it causes Cancer. There are no laws against using this in the U.S. However bromination is Illegal in Canada, the U.K., Australia and Europe. Bromination studies have shown a direct scientific link to thyroid dysfunction.
Well there you have it. Is any surprise that Greek women live longer and have more stamina as they age? Buy organic – look for non brominated flour in the ingredients and best of all bake your own if you can! You’ll be amazed at the difference – and yea, you might add years to your life in the process.
MANOS BAKERY ITEMS IN ATHENS, GREECE