Bread has been around for centuries? Experts believe the first grinding stone was invented by the Egyptians around 8000 B.C. Flat breads were first baked from the crushed grains, but later it was discovered that adding yeast made the bread rise. In ancient Egypt, bread was a form of currency used interchangeably with money. They even believed loaves of bread could take the dead to the afterlife.
It often earns a reputation as being boring, yet it’s a primary staple of most people’s diets. Whether you eat traditional bread, or opt for more unique choices like flatbread or pitas, it’s something that finds its way into so many meals and snacks.
Below are a few statistics relating to bread and wheat, the main staple used for making bread. Some of them sound farfetched, but they are true to the best of our knowledge!
• It takes 9 seconds for a combine to harvest enough wheat to make about 70 loaves of bread.
• An average slice of packaged bread contains only 1 gram of fat and 75 to 80 calories.
• Assuming a sandwich was eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it would take 168 days to eat the amount of bread produced from one bushel of wheat.
• A family of four could live 10 years off the bread produced by one acre of wheat.
• One bushel of wheat will produce 73 one-pound loaves of bread.
• Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace.
• Bread is probably the one food eaten by people of every race, culture, and religion.
Jesus, speaking to the Jews, referred to Himself as the Bread of life: “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die” (John 6:48-50). His reference to bread shows just how important it is to life, and thank God, we have the true Bread of life – Jesus Christ! Can you imagine a world devoid of bread? Neither can we.