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Bakers Crack the Health Barrier

February 1, 2009: 08:32 PM EST
Bakers are responding to the “better for you” trend with a range of innovations designed to retain the “feel good” factor of baked goods while taking out the “bad” ingredients and adding “good” ones. Much of the focus is on substituting good fats and sweeteners for the traditional trans fats, salt and sucrose, and on finding ways to incorporate whole grains in place of refined white flours. Fortification is going beyond the familiar iron, niacin and a few other vitamins to include many more vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, pre- and probiotics, and bulk fibers. The result is that it’s now possible to buy baked goods that touch some or all the bases: no sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, colorings or artificial flavorings; diabetic friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free and cholesterol-free, vegan and kosher certified. Packaging is also being revolutionized, to make it easy to handle and environmentally friendly. Technology is also playing its part, developing new ingredients and processes that make it possible to produce light, soft, fluffy treats without the guilt.
David Feder, RD., "New Directions in Healthy Baking", Food Processing, February 01, 2009, © Food Processing
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