Category Archives: Baking

Human Hair in your bread

During my research on baking bread I found this tasty morsel.

Disturbing fact #2, 737,298:

Human hair is being used in many factory-made baking products. It is being used to synthesis an amino acid called L-cysteine (L-cys), a ubiquitous food additive.

L-cys puts the bounce in a loaf of bread and extends the shelf-life in industrially produced baked goods. The hair, it would, seem is mostly sourced from Chinese hair salons.

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The Chemistry of Baking Bread

Being in the lab has prompted me to ponder the most mundane of chemical reactions.

I’ve always thought of baked goods as quite magical; how an amorphous wet blob can be transformed into a sculptural wonder, or not depending on the success of the baking process.

The Chemistry of Bread Making

Thanks for the guys as compound chemistry for the graphic. For more details on the process go to: