I think we all appreciate the benefits of baking our own fresh bread. But there are major health benefits also attached to not buying the cheap packaged shop bread. With a growing culture of people reporting digestive problems which is in turn associated with eating wheat products, research has shown that it is not only the processes used in modern bulk baking that cause problems, but the other ingredients that are added just to keep shelf life and products looking fresher! The simplest breads are made from flour, water, yeast & salt. These breads are generally eaten the same day they are baked, they taste delicious and contain nothing harmful to your digestive system. Then we have traditional shop bought mass produced packaged breads. Amongst other things this can contain: Enzyme's (these can be animal based, they do not list this, so if your a vegetarian be aware), Emulsifiers, Dextrose, Dough Conditioners, Preservatives, Vegetable Oils, Bleaching Agents and more .... So what's the moral of this story, it is that home baked is best, but if you have an intolerance to wheat maybe it's just a case of looking at the type of bread you eat. Pudding Pie Cookery School, caring about your health.