Dough conditioners and flour treatment agents refer to a variety of ingredients that improve dough processing and can affect overall quality in baked products. They are available as concentrates or
dry mixes. Unfortunately, multiple research studies have suggested that dough conditioners may cause endocrine organ dysfunction. Additional studies suggest that certain dough conditioners and flour treatment agents may contribute to heart and adrenal scarring, and when used in nonfood production, may lead to respiratory distress and malfunction.
Since we don’t know all the potential health issues that dough conditioners and flour treatment agents may cause, we skip over products that contain them when sourcing items for our stores.
Where You Might Find Them
Bread, baked goods, canned processed foods, canned fruits and vegetables, beer, flour and tortillas are some products that sometimes contain dough conditioners and flour treatment agents.
Banned Dough Conditioners & Flour Treatment Agents
- Calcium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate (CSL)
- Cysteine (L-Cysteine) – as an additive in bread
- Ammonium Chloride
- Calcium Peroxide
- Azodicarbonamide (ADA)
- Bromated Flour
- Calcium Bromate
- Potassium Bromate
- Benzoyl Peroxide