What's wrong with American baguettes?

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Lol, this is a joke, right? Hilarious [emoji1787] [emoji1787] [emoji1787]
If its a joke, how do explain that after eating dark bread for eons, some people started eating white bread, which eventuality pretty much took over the non- peasant world?
 

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How Baking Works - Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science by Paula I. Figoni

WHY IS WHITE FLOUR ENRICHED?

The milling process involves removing bran and germ from the endosperm. When this is done, vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, and protein and fat from the bran and germ are removed. It is likely that other important unidentified nutrients are also removed. Flour enrichment replaces certain vitamins and minerals that are lost from milling. It does not replace the dietary fiber in the bran, the high-quality protein in the germ, or other potentially important yet unidentified nutrients in the bran and germ.

Flour enrichment began in the United States in the early 1940s after government surveys found that a high incidence of disease was caused by certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The enforced enrichment of white flour virtually eliminated two of these diseases, beriberi and pellagra.

Periodically, the U.S. and Canadian governments reevaluate the nutritional needs of North Americans. In the late 1990s, folic acid was added to the list of required vitamins and minerals added to enriched flour. Folic acid prevents certain birth defects, including spina bifida, and can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
 

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https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295235#when_is_bread_not_healthful

What is refined flour?

To make white bread or white flour, manufacturers process the grain to remove the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm.

Products made with refined flour have a finer, lighter texture and usually have a longer shelf life.

However, processing removes most or all of the fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The remaining endosperm provides quick, easily digestible carbohydrates but little else.

This can lead to nutritional deficiencies, so manufacturers now produce “enriched” flours.

They add back some of the missing nutrients to the processed white flour, using supplements, such as folic acid and other B vitamins.

However, supplemental vitamins are not as good as vitamins that come naturally from food sources. Usually, the human body can better absorb and process nutrients from unprocessed sources.

When is bread not healthful?

The highly processed flour and additives in white, packaged bread can make it unhealthful. Consuming too much white bread can contribute to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

However, buying bread with the word “whole” as the first ingredient still does not guarantee a healthful product. It is only the first step.

Even whole-grain bread can contain 20 or more ingredients, including preservatives and added salt and sugars. Not all of these contribute to good health.

Preservatives may help bread stay fresh for longer, but people can store fresh bread that contains fewer preservatives in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain freshness.

Many types of bread contain added sugars or sugar substitutes. People should avoid those with corn syrup or any that contain ingredients ending in “-ose” listed at the beginning of the ingredient list because these are all sugars. Examples include sucrose, glucose, and fructose.

Manufacturers typically order an ingredients list according to the weight of ingredients in the product. Ingredients that appear near the top of the list will be present in relatively high proportions.
 

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https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265556

Effects of obesity on the body.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Trusted Source notes that 60-70% of the US population is either overweight or obese, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.

According to the AHA, obesity affects nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children in the US today.

The organization notes that when we are within a healthy weight range, our bodies more effectively circulate blood, manage fluid levels easier and decrease risks for certain cancers and sleep apnea, among others.

Additionally, the AHA says that when we eat too many calories or too much saturated fat, our blood cholesterol levels often rise, increasing risks of heart diseases.

The report from GlobalData says that those who reported having an obese family member were nearly four times more likely to become obese themselves. Aside from genetics, suggested factors include sharing an environment and similar diet habits within a family, which could contribute to the risk of obesity.
 

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If its a joke, how do explain that after eating dark bread for eons, some people started eating white bread, which eventuality pretty much took over the non- peasant world?
Industrialization. For eons, only wealthy people could afford to hire staff to do the work of removing the bran, finely grinding the wheat and making soft white bread. Naturally, people who couldn't afford it wanted it as it represented a luxurious lifestyle rather than the life of hard work and poverty that most people experienced. Once the process was mechanized, it became available to more people for an affordable price.


I am curious, though, how you got the idea that it had to do with the color of French peasants' underwear and how you know what color it was.
White bread flour strips out most of the nutrition of wheat.
The reason is underwear. French peasants wore no underwear or black underwear. This needed infrequent washing (think about it). Capitalists and the aristocracy started wearing white underwear because it required more frequent washing which showed they were so rich they could afford daily laundry. Peasants also ate dark, fully nutritious, bread, so the capitalists starting eating white bread to show they were economically superior to dark bread eaters-- it cost money to destroy the nutritional value of wheat (dark bread).
 
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Actually, medieval peasants changed their underwear a lot, often more than once a day. Underwear was worn to protect the heavier outer clothing from picking up sweat and body oils and to mitigate the itchiness of the wool that almost all of their outerwear was made from. It's easier and faster to wash small articles of clothing made of flax (linen) or cotton than large items made of wool.
 

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Despite the history - from Midieval undergarments on up to the present time - I still like our baguettes and do not think there is anything wrong with them.
 

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Apples and Oranges. I happen to like both!
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