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Supermarkets everywhere are selling 'counterfeit' bagels

Sunday, April 22, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: bagels, supermarkets, food origins

Bagels

(NaturalNews) Bagels have their origin as a traditional food among the Jews of 16th century Poland. Because fresh bread was a staple food but no cooking could be done on the Sabbath, the bagel dough would be prepared before the Sabbath and then placed in a cool place to slowly rise throughout the course of the day. Once the Sabbath was over, the dough would be immersed briefly in boiling water and then baked. The reason for the boiling is murky, but the effects are clear: boiling gives the outside of the dough a thick, chewy crust that prevents the inside of the dough from rising much during baking. This, in turn, makes the inside of a bagel dense and also chewy.

Most bagels sold in supermarkets and even bagel shops across the United States lack this signature texture, because boiling each individual bagel is a labor-intensive process that would raise manufacturing costs significantly. To avoid these costs, most modern manufacturers instead use machinery to steam the bagels before baking. Unfortunately, this does not produce the same texture as the traditional method, leaving many bagel purists with no choice but to make their own.

Even worse, many bagels sold in grocery stores today are really just "donut-shaped rolls" in that their bread quality and texture is exactly the same as a regular dinner roll. Many consumers have never had real bagels, so they don't know the difference.

For the record, when I was 15, I taught a computer summer camp that taught young children how to use computers (this was back in the day when personal computers where just coming onto the scene). That business was owned by a Jewish gentleman who also owned a bagel shop nearby, and each morning before I began teaching, I would purchase a couple of bagels and enjoy them. This was my first exposure to real bagels, and I still remember the taste and texture to this day.

The bagels I see in the grocery store today are a complete joke.

Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what's really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you'll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.

Additional sources:
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/food-science/food-science-why-bagels-are-boiled-086711
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagel
http://www.aish.com/j/fs/82246757.html

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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