Little Known Facts About Bread

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Are you familiar with nanotechnology?

Simply put, it’s a branch of technology that deals with every little thing in this world. From the smallest of atoms to the littlest of molecules, nanotechnology is there for people to understand what these particles are meant for.

Now, you might ask: How is nanotechnology related to bread?

Good question!

But you know what? The answer to this question is quite simple.

Ladies and gentlemen, here are some little known facts about bread:

  • Bread has been around for millennia. Pita bread even goes way back into 12 millennia ago, while flatbread goes way back into the Ancient Egyptian era.
  • During the Ancient Egyptian era, bread is used as currency and is placed over tombs.
  • Over 80 kinds of bread are believed to be have been already made by the Greeks back in 2500 B.C.
  • King Louis IV of France once said: “He who controls a nation’s bread is a greater ruler than he who controls their souls.”
  • The term “baker’s dozen” originated with this fact: Bread used to be refined whenever a loaf of bread is considered light in total weight, which prompts a baker to include an extra slice to every dozen slices.
  • The word “sandwich” originated with this fact: Earl of Sandwich, a historical town located within the Dover District at the Kent County in Southeast England, granted the use of his name for a meat bun concept back in the 17th century.
  • The expression “kiss the cook” originated with this fact: If a person eats the last piece of bread, that person needs to kiss the one who made the bread.
  • There’s a superstition that says: If a boy and a girl eat on the same loaf of bread, they will fall in love with each other.
  • There’s also a superstition that says: It’s considered bad luck for a person to cut a raw loaf of bread, as well as turn a loaf of bread upside-down.
  • There’s even a superstition that says: You can prevent your baby from getting sick by putting a small piece of bread in the cradle.
  • The world’s largest pita bread was made in Greece. It was made back in 2001, with a dimension of 6.23 feet times 5.24 feet and a depth of 3.5 centimeters.

Aren’t these little known facts about bread wonderful?

Indeed, these are wonderful – just as it can be when you make your own bread recipe at home via bread machines.

Uses of Nanotechnology

Have you ever wondered why nanotechnology is so popular and still continues to be a growing trend among venture capitalists and investors? What makes nanotechnology so popular that so many corporations want to venture into the nanotechnology business? Based on research and development for more than 20 years, nanotechnology certainly has benefited the society. Nanotechnology has helped improve and revolutionized some of today’s technology and has extended its uses in medicine, food, and even homeland security.

Nanotechnology can actually be found in your home. Polymer composite materials which can be found in tennis rackets, power tool housing, and luggage is derived from nanoscale additives. Those additives can also be found in cleaning materials and even in your daily shampoo. That’s how much nanotechnology has evolved throughout the years.

Nanorust cleans arsenic from drinking water. (Image courtesy of Rice University)
Nanorust cleans arsenic from drinking water.
(Image courtesy of Rice University)

Nanotechnology is also used in electronics and communication devices.It makes faster and portable systems that can manage and store large files. You can thank nanoscale transistors for the memory of your laptop. Developers believe that in the near future everything can be stored in one single tiny chip. That’s how powerful nanotechnology is. One of the most important uses of nantochenology in electronics is the magnetic random access memory (MRAM) enabled by nanometer‐scale magnetic tunnel junctions that can quickly and effectively save even encrypted data during a system shutdown or crash, enable resume‐play features, and gather vehicle accident data.

There are also environmental applications for nanotechnology. It can be used for purification of the impurities of water so that cleaning water will be more cheaper. Paper towel is a new invention by develops that has the ability to absorb oil 20 times its weight. It is made with tiny wires of potassium manganese oxide called nanofabric.

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) documents the advcancement of nanotechnolgy. In their website you can read the benefits of nanotechnology and its impact in today’s environment.

Food Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is not only limited in the areas of biological molecules and engineering but it is also used now in the area of functional food. Although it is still a research and development study, food technologists are determined to innovate the potentials that food has in nanotechnology.

An overview of what is currently being researched, tested, and some applied in food technology:

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One of the most important thing about the advancement of nanotechnology in food is because third world countries would benefit the most from it. Because of the limited supply of food there is an alarming decrease of its nutritional value. The quality is not that good and drinking water is not as clean as it should be.