Beating the living daylights out of wheat

The return of Continental Bakery’s gorgeous selection of breads has been met with great enthusiasm.  Don’t you get that warm feeling when you walk past a kitchen and the aroma of baking bread wafts out of the doors and windows?

The irony is that bread can cause havoc for many people.

Nature created the wheat kernel in perfect harmony.  We have the germ (the most nutrient rich part of the kernel containing essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals), the bran (the hard layer of skin which protects the kernel) and the endosperm (the carbohydrate rich part which supplies the fuel once kernel has sprouted).

Modern milling techniques beat the living goodness out of the wheat, stripping it of all it nutritional value and leaving behind only empty calories.  What we end up with is a “food” which satisfies the hunger, only to stimulate it again, as our bodies cry out for real food.

It is a common belief that the high levels of pesticides, additives and preservatives combined with this method of milling, is the reason why we observe such a high number of people who display wheat intolerance and sensitivity.

As I read elsewhere today, ‘the whiter your bread the quicker you’re dead.’

The attack on organic standards, especially in the US, continues, with the USDA approving a law mandating that almonds (including organic almonds) need to be pasteurised. They can continue to be labelled as ‘raw’, even though real raw almonds are far superior nutritionally to pasteurised almonds. One of the approved pasteurisation methods involves the use of propylene oxide, which is banned in the European Union as a carcinogen.

You’ll only find organic almonds on our list!

Good news though, again from the US, is that Monsanto’s Bovine Growth Hormone is seemingly on it’s last legs. With rBGH banned in many other countries, US consumers are informing themselves, and rebelling, putting pressure on dairies to stop its use. California Dairies, which produces 8% of the milk supply in the US, has banned the use of rBGH.

Hopefully South Africans can achieve the same soon!

Please remember to return your recyclables – we’d love to have the cardboard boxes and fruits and vegetable netting back for re-use, and we also pay 1 Talent (T1) for the litre bottles, and T0.5 for the honey jars, and small Camphill bottles. For our new customers, visit to learn all about Talents.

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The Co-op team.

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