A friend informed me that human hair is used as a dough conditioner in making some bread.
“That is sold in the United States?” I asked.
“Yes,” she told me.
“Ewwwwwwwwwww. I don’t believe that.”
Next stop, an online search. Verdict: It’s actually true.
Human hair has a protein in it called l-cystine that can be used as a dough conditioner. I can’t believe that this doesn’t get more press. It is absolutely disgusting that this would be an ingredient in our food. It’s also sad, that nowadays, we never know exactly what we are eating or what is in our food. In some breads I examined in the market after finding this out, I noticed that lots of the ingredients said “dough conditioners” without saying what those conditioners were (could l-cystine be in there or maybe even something more gross?).
My solution: I bought the bread at Whole Foods. It boasts all natural ingredients you can read on the back.
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