Interesting Facts about Bread and Bread Statistics

Here are some interesting facts about bread:

  • A rolled up piece of white bread was used to erase graphite before rubber erasers were invented.
  • Within five years of the invention of machine for making sliced bread, 80% of bread sold in the USA was sliced.
  • In mediaeval times bread was used as absorbent plate. It was called trencher. And after the meal trencher could then be eaten, given to the poor or fed to the dogs. There is a theory that a pizza comes from a trencher.
  • A “baker's dozen” is a phrase that means 13 items. The practice comes from medieval times when bread was sold in small loaves, most often in standard dozens of 12 pieces. Some loaves were lighter than others because bakers tried to rob on weight or because of different weight of ingredients, not all dozens were equal. Strict laws were made that required bread to be sold by weight. By adding an additional loaf to the dozen, customers were getting weight by the law.
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  • White bread was the preferred bread of the rich before it was found that it has less nutritional value than dark.
  • Pre-sliced bread was banned in United States for a short time in 1943 as a wartime conservation effort.
  • Combine needs 9 minutes to harvest enough wheat to make about 70 loaves of bread.
  • The longest loaf of bread ever baked was 1.2 km long.
  • The Great Fire of London started at the bakery.
  • Unit sales of fresh bread and rolls in the United States were $5.8 billion for the 52 weeks ending August 11, 2013.
  • Bread became a staple food during the Neolithic, around 10,000 years ago.
  • The sandwich is named after John Montagu (1718-1792), the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who started a fashion of eating beef between two pieces of bread.
  • Every year in the UK around 12 billion sandwiches are eaten. That means 380 every second.
  • Bread is usually baked but in some cuisines breads can be steamed, fried or boiled.
  • Each American consumes, on average, 53 pounds of bread per year.
  • Old wives tales tell that eating the bread crust makes a person's hair curlier.
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  • Bread symbolizes piece on the most cultures of the world.
  • The word companion comes from Latin com - meaning "with" and panis - meaning "bread". The one you share your bread with.
  • Bread is so important to people that laws about bread appeared even in the Magna Carta in 13th century.
  • Germany has the largest consumption of bread per capita worldwide, followed by Chile.
  • Bread is so long with human race and so important that many religions incorporated bread in their rituals and traditions.
  • In the United States, bread sales have gone down 11.3% in the past five years.
  • The automatic popup bread toaster was patented before the bread slicing machine.
  • An average slice of packaged bread contains 1 gram of fat and 75 to 80 calories.
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