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Avoid This Common Bread Ingredient

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Bromated flour contains potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent widely used in commercial baking to strengthen dough and promote rising. Some brands of flour sold in supermarkets for home use contain potassium bromate.
Studies dating back to 1982 found that the chemical causes several types of cancer in lab rats. For that reason, potassium bromate is considered "possibly carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Bromated flour is banned by a number of governments including the European Union, Canada, Brazil, Peru and China.
In the U.S., the FDA has encouraged bakers to voluntarily stop using bromated flour, but many have not.
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