Do You Know Nutrition: Bread twist tie color code can tell freshness

Nov. 15, 2011 at 5:15 a.m.

By Phylis Canion

I noticed recently while buying a loaf of bread that the twist ties are different colors. Does that mean anything?

Keen eye you have. The color of the twist ties on bread indicates what day of the week the bread was baked.

The practice of using different color twist ties was not necessarily for the consumers but for the store stockers to easily identify which bread is the oldest without having to look so closely at the "best by" dates on the package.

Each manufacturer has their own color coding scheme whether they use flat plastic ties or twist ties, but here is the list: Monday-blue, Tuesday-green, Thursday-red, Friday-white and Saturday-yellow.

I love garlic, but I end up with barracuda breath after I eat it. Is there an explanation for this?

The simple explanation is because of sulfuric compounds found within the garlic. Garlic also promotes the growth of microbes in your mouth, that already causes bad breath, which exacerbates the bad breath problem.

You may notice that even after brushing or using a mouthwash, you still have bad breath. It has to do with the fact that some of the sulfuric compounds, notably allyl methyl sulfide, are metabolized and eventually make their way into your blood stream during the digestive process.

As you breathe, the air that transfers into your lungs is contaminated by the allyl methyl sulfide resulting in continuing bad breath, even though you may have cleaned your mouth. This compound can also be exuded from your pores leaving you with a body odor which will continue until your body actually rids itself of the allyl methly sulfide compound.

Quite often heavily seasoned garlic dishes are accompanied by parsley since parsley has a reputation of ridding the mouth of the garlic breath. If you have been cleaning garlic and have a strong garlic smell on your hands, simply rub your hands in a stainless steel sink for at least 30 seconds. Serious. If you don't have a stainless steel sink, you can actually purchase a stainless steel "bar" of soap that works wonders.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.



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