Potassium bromate is the main culprit – it has been classified as a category of 2B carcinogen which is mostly cancerous for humans. This is the reason it is banned in most countries. Not in India of course because of easy-going food regulations.Why are they using these chemicals in bread?
According to a research, the chemical Potassium Bromate and Iodate offers high quality finish to the bread and helps the bread rise evenly while baking. Is it just India using this chemical?
In 1990, it was banned first in the UK and then followed by other countries as well. This chemical is completely banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Nigeria, Peru and Columbia as well. These countries made a conscious effort to minimise the use of this after it was proved to be carcinogenic.What problems can one have because of this chemical?
It can be the cause for tumors in kidneys and thyroid as well. What do all brands in India have this chemical?
the study, Potassium Bromate/Iodate were mostly found in sandwich bread, pav, bun and white bread. The premium brands of bread like Harvest Gold and Britannia were found with higher levels.What are the food chains using the same chemical?
Fast food chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Subway, McDonald’s and Slice of Italy have been detected with samples of this chemical in their bread. Only Dominos did not deny using it – each other brand denied usage.What’s the alternative?
The best alternative for bread is good old Roti. It is not only nutritious but you can also have different versions of it.It is also much healthier than any bread you eat!