Although today is Christmas Day, it is Monday, so I didn?t want to miss my weekly appointment with you. After the traditional Christmas dinner, it is more than likely that at least one person at the table will be experiencing the awful realization that they have eaten more than necessary. However, I am sure that one of the viands that won?t get much attention will be the bread.

I have a house in a little village that is close to a bakery. Many years ago, on summer nights when we were sitting on the pavement, enjoying the fresh air, we could see the baker going to make sour-dough bread. Yet, nowadays this ritual has changed in favour of quicker processes that enable companies to bring prices down. Therefore, sales of pre-cooked and frozen bread have risen dramatically even though, according to specialists, this kind of bread is responsible for causing a lot of intolerances.

Now that there are less bakeries, bread can easily be bought in supermarkets and even in gas stations; in addition, you can choose among a large variety of bread: made with wheat, oat or rye; white or wholemeal; without gluten; with or without crust; even in Finland a new ingredient has been introduced called cricket flour. It is said that the hipster lifestyle and the growing interest in making products in an artisan fashion have raised public preferences in bread made from mother mass. Furthermore, there has been a negative reaction to the additives being added to bread to make it whiter, smoother and longer lasting.

Regardless of what kind of bread has been chosen and where it was bought, I am sure that it was not the main feature of Christmas dinner, not being able to compete with more luxurious foods such as seafood and cured ham. However, daily, it is difficult to find fresh, crusty and good quality bread, made from mother source and without additives. Does this happen to you? How important is bread in your diet? Are you enticed by discounts on the price of bread?

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