Pass The Bread & The L-cysteine

What? What is L-cysteine? Well I am glad I formatted the question as if you asked! L-cysteine is an amino acid. It’s actually an amino acid that is not essential to your existence. It is however added to a lot of baked goods, including breads, rolls, pizza dough, and even pastries.

So what! Well there is a lot of L-cysteine that is synthesized in laboratories. Most however is not. L-cysteine is added for commercial baking purposes to make food enhancers and speed the conditioning of the flour. If L-cysteine is used and it is not manufactured in a laboratory, where is it from?

It does depend on the source and the company producing the amino acid. The majority however is from China. It is from a variety of sources. I hope you aren’t eating any baked goods right now…. The sources include human hair usually collected from the floor of barber shops or salons, pig hair, duck or chicken feathers or cow horns. If it doesn’t bother you, good for you. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, Muslim or Jewish, it does make a difference.

The sources for this bit of information include the Vegetarian Resource Group and Natural News. Read more.

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  1. #1 by Bluejellybeans on December 21, 2011 - 6:14 PM


  2. #3 by musingsoftheamusingmuse on December 20, 2011 - 10:17 AM

    Makes me want to bake my own bread more often!

    • #4 by Tom Baker on December 21, 2011 - 11:21 PM

      It certainly isn’t appetizing!

  3. #5 by TemptingSweets99 on December 20, 2011 - 9:22 AM

    Yikes! I’ll have to start checking the food labels. This is scary and sickening.

    • #6 by Tom Baker on December 21, 2011 - 11:22 PM

      I already check them. I had so much more posts about food in a negative light that I couldn’t possibly post all the bad stuff. Thusly there is tomorrows post. I hope you enjoy.

  4. #7 by Inside the Mind of Isadora on December 20, 2011 - 7:33 AM

    So glad I never eat any breads or baked goods … gluten intolerant. ~~~ : – O

    • #8 by Tom Baker on December 21, 2011 - 11:23 PM

      You don’t know what you are missing! You can make gluten free baked goods with rice flour and so many different kinds of flour. Look up gluten free cupcakes!

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