10 facts about bread

To celebrate your love of bread and all of the wonderful bread products you can find in the 800 range, we compiled 10 fascinating facts about one of your favourite products.

bread and butter falling

Buttered-side down

Why does toast always land buttered-side down? Well, you can blame science. According to many experiments and the following formula, (ω-Rav)/ t = R, buttered toast will always land buttered-side down when falling from a height so hold on tight!

Low in sugar and fat

The notion that bread is bad for you is a common misconception of the modern age. 

In fact, some breads can be naturally low in sugar and fat and a great source of calcium, iron and fibre. Just make sure you check the nutritional details as this can vary!

Superstitious French

The home of the baguette, brioche and the oh-so-wonderful pain au chocolat, we know the French take their bread very seriously. But, did you know it’s considered bad luck to place bread upside down in France?  The superstition stems from when bakers would set aside a loaf and place it upside-down… for the King’s executioners. This lead to the belief that an upside-down loaf was bad luck. 

Crust and crumb

We all know that bread’s outer layer is called the “crust”, but did you know that the inside is called the “crumb”? This is why we call the small bits leftover after a tasty sandwich “the crumbs”. 

Baker’s dozen

Did you know that a baker’s dozen is actually 13? The tradition came about because bakers could be fined for selling underweight bread. Rather than face fines, bakers would always add extra to make sure customers were never undersold.

Swiss proverb

The Swiss have a very famous proverb, that says “avoid those who don’t like bread and children”.

Universal sign of peace

Across all countries, cultures and languages, bread is a universal sign of peace and the act of “breaking bread” is often done to form friendships and cement bonds.

Bread as currency

In ancient Egypt, bread was such a valuable commodity that it was often used as a form of currency. Workers were often paid in bread and beer, two staples of the Egyptian diet.

“The best thing since sliced bread”

When sliced bread was first invented in Iowa in 1928, it was advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”. This is where the phrase “The best thing since sliced bread” comes from. 

The sliced bread ban

The convenience of sliced bread dramatically increased the consumption of bread in the United States. It was so popular that during the Second World War, in a bid to conserve food and rations, sliced bread was banned in the US in 1943. A universally unpopular ban, it only lasted a short time before sliced bread was restored to its rightful place on supermarket shelves.

Given that Brennans White Sliced Pan is part of The 800 range and one of the products that you loaf the most, enjoy sandwiches, toasties and more knowing it's one of the products you won't pay more for at Tesco.