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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 39

The Bread Reform

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The Bread Reform.

"A proper supply of nourishing bread was of the utmost national importance. The league bad been organised because it was believed that the present English bread did not nourish sufficiently those who ate it. If children who had every possible sanitary disadvantage to contend against were also fed on white bread, it was impossible for them to grow up strong and healthy. English people had not realized the importance of the subject. Such valuable bread had now been produced under Dr. Morfit's process that although a few months ago there was not sold in London a single loaf of granular wheat-meal bread, the league had received communications from 140 shops, which had already an aggregate weekly sale of about 15,000 quartern loaves. The league was not organised to teach the manufacture of bread, but merely to spread the knowledge of its dietetic advantages. It had no special recipe for making bread, for it left that to the individual skill of practical bakers, while strongly condemning the use of chemical baking powders. Miss Yates appealed to millers and bakers to assist the association in their efforts to promote the general use of a more nourishing bread, and to the public to aid in carrying on a movement so essentially for the welfare of all classes. Pure wheat-meal bread was much superior to the ordinary white bread; for, besides having one-third more gluten, the material which forms muscular flesh, Lie big stated that it contained 200 per cent, more phosphatic salts wherewith to nourish bones, brain and tissues. The greater nourishing power of wheat-meal bread, in contradistinction to that made from white flour, which formed but a part, and the least nutritious part, of wheat, had been confirmed by eminent scientific authorities and by official analyses. Children fed principally on white bread were far more liable to bad teeth and various diseases. Wheat-meal bread must be distinguished from ordinary brown bread, which was often a mere mixture of coarse bran and inferior white flour."—Extract from speech by Miss Yates, before the Lord Mayor of London, in the Mansion House.—See Times, 18th December, 1880.