Bread is one of the oldest known foods, dating back to the Neolithic era, and in one form or another, has been one of the principal forms of food for man from the earliest times. It is one of the few things in the world that has remained an important part of our lives throughout history. Although part of the staple diet, yet many of us are unaware of the unique facts about bread. Read on to learn some interesting bread facts to boost your knowledge about this healthy source of sustenance:
1. Bread has been in existence for at least 12,000 years. It held an exalted status for the Egyptians that they used it as a currency and would place it as a gesture of honor on the tombs of their dead.
2. Knowing no cultural boundaries, bread travels across country, race and religion and is seen as a peace offering and is part of numerous religious rituals.
3. Ever came across the expression ‘’kiss the cook’’? The truth behind this statement comes from various cultural myths which according mean that if you eat the last piece of bread, it is your duty to plant one on the cook.
4. Does bread make you fat? Due to many diet fads over recent years, carbohydrate-rich foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta have received bad press, and many of us are now cautious about how much we consume of these foods. However, often it’s more about what you spread on, pour over, or cook these foods in that result in the high-calorie intake rather than the food itself.
Strip off the high-fat extras, such as cheese, butter and oil and what you are left with could actually be helpful in your quest for a healthy diet. Bread, for example, if you opt for wholemeal bread, which has more fiber than white bread, it will fill you up for longer, making you less likely to snack between meals. Take this one step further and bake the loaf yourself, so you know exactly what ingredients you are consuming. You can either oven bake your bread or use a bread maker.
5. Otto Rohwedder is deemed the inventor of sliced bread in 1928. His actual discovery was the oiled paper that was wrapped around the bread to keep it fresh.
6. Bread made with bakers’ yeast is not sour because of the absence of the lactobacillus. Bread improvers are frequently used in the production of commercial bread to reduce the time it takes to rise and to improve the texture and volume. It is also a statuary part of a healthy diet routine as it contains less fat and high fiber, both leavened and unleavened, is mentioned in the Bible many times.
7. “Avoid those who don’t like bread and children,”(Swiss Proverb)
8. Why does bread always land butter side down? Let’s admit; it has happened to all of us at some point. You make a lovely slice of toast, smother jam, and then it slips from your hand and always seems to land on the floor spread side down! Murphy’s Law? Well actually, no. There are a number of factors that contribute to this frustrating event, and it’s all down to physics.
As well as being influenced by the height from the floor (did you know if you drop it from twice the height of your countertop it’s much more likely to land butter side up try it!!), the size of bread can also have an effect, as can the angle from which it is dropped (usually it’s being held on one side only, so it begins to tip as soon as you let go). However, it’s mainly down to gravity and the fact that the weight of the side with the spread on will gravitate faster than the side with no cover. So, if you are buttering up, keep a tight hold on your toast!
9. The word sandwich originated from the Earl of Sandwich.
10. Artolatry means ‘bread worship.’ Artophagous refers to ‘bread eating’.