America has a love affair with bread. Whether
we’re talking about mom’s homemade sourdough or, in my case,
the baked-fresh-from-the-vacuum-sealed can variety, bread provides us
with comfort. Consider this: North Dakota alone produces 500 million
bushels of wheat per year. That translates to 33.5 billion one-pound
loaves of bread. And there are 38 other states with massive wheat fields.
If you’re craving more bread trivia, check out the Wheat
Foods Council’s website.
There’s a science behind the addiction: The carbohydrates in bread
immediately increase the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine.
These “feel-good” neurotransmitters are also roused to action
by addictive drugs, like cocaine. It’s no wonder we can’t