When I first started on my journey to real food, I didn’t realize that many products I used were bleached. I assumed white products were white because that’s what their natural color was.
As I started to learn more about these products, I realized that most of them were in the baking aisle. Since I hardly baked, many of these products remained on my shelves for years.
However, the more that I started to make my own baked goods, I quickly became aware that you could easily replace these needed products for a bleach-free alternative.
The good thing about these natural products is that they are easily accessible and only cost a bit more. So it’s definitely a better investment for our health and the environment.
Below is my list of top 5 bleached products that you can easily replace for a natural alternative.
Regular white parchment paper, and most paper products in the United States, is bleached with chlorine gas or chlorine derivatives. These chlorine chemicals are known to create dioxins as a by-product of the bleaching process.
Unfortunately, even in small amounts, dioxin is agreed upon to be toxic. Click Here for more information on dioxins.
The wax from white parchment paper is said to prevent it from leaching out onto the food you use the parchment paper for.
However, there is an unbleached parchment paper alternative that is made without the use of bleaching. It’s brown and I think much lovelier to look at and photograph than plain white parchment ;) It does cost about a dollar more, however, it has more square feet so it does last longer.
White coffee filters are bleached in the same way as parchment paper.
You can easily find unbleached coffee filters in any store for the same price. A great natural alternative.
Other paper products that are bleached include, tampons, paper towels, toilet paper, disposable diapers, tea bags, facial tissues, and milk cartons.
Bleached white flour is generally made with benzoyl peroxide. Cake flour is bleached with chlorine dioxide. Both are toxic.
We bleach our flour in the United States to quickly get our flour pure white and aged for taste. Canada and Europe haven’t been bleaching their flour for years. Click Here for more information on bleached flour.
The good news is that we now have unbleached flour easily accessible at any store. Although it does cost about a dollar more per 5lb bag, there is no cost comparison when it comes to flavor and results made by using unbleached flour by King Arthur.
Sure, it’s not pure white but definitely better for our health.
Metals, including aluminum and mercury are best to avoid since they accumulate in the brain and can potentially bring on diseases including Alzheimer’s.
Rumford makes a great baking powder, aluminum free, or you can even make your own.
Pure white cane sugar is processed and bleached using chlorine. I’ve written a post on natural sweeteners where you can find out more information on the refining process.
Organic, unbleached sugar can now be found at any store and taste just as sweet as white cane sugar.
The only difference is it’s not pure white.
These were my top 5 products that I switched to right away when I found out how easily accessible they are and especially, that they don’t cost that much more. You don’t have to break your budget or your health.
Are there any natural products that you switched to on your journey to better health? Please share in the comments below.