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12 Interesting Facts about Bread

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February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day

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It takes 9 seconds for a combine to harvest enough wheat to make about 70 loaves of bread.

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Sliced bread was only invented in 1928

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An average slice of packaged bread contains only 1 gram of fat and 75 to 80 calories

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Each American consumes, on average, 53 pounds of bread per year.

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Bread, in all its various forms, is the most widely consumed food in the world

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The yeast we use to make bread is an organism floating around in the air we breathe

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There is extensive evidence of bread making in Ancient Egypt 

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Archaeological evidence confirms yeast as leavening agent was used in Egypt as early as 4000 B.C

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The largest loaf of bread weighed 1,571 kg (3,463.46 lb) and was made by Joaquim Gonçalves (Brazil) in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, on 13 November 2008 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day

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In 1943, right in the middle of World War II, the U.S. government banned sliced bread

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In 1943, right in the middle of World War II, the U.S. government banned sliced bread