I hope you have had an enjoyable Bank Holiday and half term.
The beautiful weather has meant we have been enjoying eating outside as much as possible.
This reminded me of various holidays in France, spent eating baguettes and cheese on picnics in the countryside. Which then raised the question “how come the French eat so much refined white flour products but don’t have the same obesity problems as other Western nations?”*
Recent research by scientists suggest the answer maybe that white flour products in France contain only flour, water, yeast and salt. In the UK and America, much of our commercially produced bread contains artificial emulsifiers such as carboxymethyl cellulose and polysorbate 80 (P80). These chemicals are often not even included on a product’s ingredients list.
Research in mice has show that these emulsifiers had a direct affect on their gut barrier and triggered an inflammatory reaction, providing a possible link to IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease.
In addition, the mice gained weight and frantically overate, again providing a link to our growing obesity crisis. As consumers we need to realise that bread that goes stale after one day is actually a good thing. It means it’s made with pure ingredients that the body can process. The chemicals in emulsifiers and preservatives could be having an extremely detrimental affect on our health.
If we take our food production back to basics, then we can carry on enjoying bread, croissants and cakes (in moderation) without affecting our health.
I may need to investigate buying a bread machine. I’ve always been reluctant as I felt it would be a gadget that just sits on the side, never used. Do any of you use one – how do you get on with it? I’d love to hear your opinions.
Here’s my meal plan for this week:-
- Satay Pork stir fry and rice
- Salmon with a nectarine and red onion salsa, new potatoes and green salad
- Moroccan chicken skewers with a pineapple, sweetcorn and tomato salad
- Turkey mince meatballs in green curry sauce with rice
- Chicken breast fillets in a creamy mushroom sauce with asparagus, courgette and new potatoes.
- Seafood linguine
Have a wonderful week.
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* a small caveat to this statement – I think France is beginning to develop obesity problems now but historically they have always had much lower levels of heart disease, obesity and a longer life expectancy than us.