Bread benefits

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The world's first vitamin C enriched bread is launched today.

A British company claims it is has made the first loaf of bread with added vitamin C, reports Ananova.com​.Vitamin C has been used until now as a flour treatment in the baking process but is normally destroyed by heat. The makers of the new loaf, British Bakeries, said it has encapsulated vitamin C so it remains after baking and can be absorbed by the body.

According to the company a single slice of the loaf, called Mother's Pride V-Force, contains 17 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of the vitamin. It also contains calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B complex, said the report.

To back its product, Mother's Pride quoted nutrition expert Dr Margaret Ashwell: "The health benefits of vitamin C are essential for children's growth and development - from aiding iron absorption, acting as an antioxidant, assisting cellular growth, boosting immune systems and maintaining healthy skin.

"While adults may receive enough vitamin C from fruit juices, enriching a good staple food like bread with vitamins is another way to help get their requirements,"​ Dr Ashwell said. Ashwell is former science director at the British Nutrition Foundation and now independent adviser to Britain's Food Standards Agency.

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