Sham sourdough: 4 in 5 loaves have wrong ingredients

Bread lovers have been left with a sour taste in their mouths after an investigation found supermarket loaves may not be authentic.
Just one in five loaves of sourdough sold in British supermarkets contains the correct ingredients, an investigation by the consumer watchdog Which? has found.
Just four out of the 19 loaves tested were classed as authentic.Traditional sourdough takes several days to make and should contain just four ingredients: flour, water, salt and a starter culture.The starter is made from flour and water which ferments over several days, with some people using starters which are decades old.However, most of the supermarket bread that was tested contained agents which mean the bread is made more quickly - sometimes in as little as a couple of hours.Yeast and ascorbic acid (E300) were among the non-traditional ingredients found.They help quicken rising and increase the volume of the loaf.Yogurt and vinegar were also identified and boost the acidity. This helps give a sour flavour and acts as a preservative.
Sham sourdough: 4 in 5 loaves have wrong ingredients

A number of supermarkets have been found selling sourdough that falls short of traditional standards
Which? said although the added ingredients were not unhealthy, they could cause problems for people who were trying to avoid certain food.
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