bromated flour

bromated flour [broh-meyt ed flouuhr, flou-er] noun

Flour containing potassium bromate, most often used in the commercial bread industry. The additive strengthens the dough and provides for optimum oven spring and higher rising.


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There have been studies linking potassium bromate to cancer and in fact it is banned in many countries including the U.K. (1990) and Canada (1994). In 1991, California declared it a carcinogen under Proposition 65. Since that year, while usage in California requires special labeling, the FDA has generally recommended that bakers nationwide limit its use. King Arthur Flour is a company that has never sold bromated flour and is a great source for many different baking flours.

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