With this Light Style 7 Grain bread, Pepperidge Farm addresses consumer demand for both multigrain and lower-calorie bread. At just 45 calories per slice, it seemingly has the low-calorie goal covered. This bread’s seven grains include wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, rice, and the ancient grain amaranth (which is actually a seed).
However, the ingredient list also includes DATEM: diacetyl tartaric acid ester of mono- and diglycerides. This white powder, derived from plant sources, is used as a dough conditioner to improve the texture and volume of baked goods. While FDA-approved, a 2002 study published by the World Health Organization found a link between DATEM and health conditions like heart fibrosis and adrenal overgrowth. Per Is It Bad For You? some healthcare professionals suspect DATEM is a causative factor in leaky gut syndrome. This condition, according to WebMD, allows toxins to leak through the intestines into the bloodstream, causing bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains.
Additionally, Pepperidge Farm Light Style 7 Grain over-sweetens the pot in the form of sugar, molasses, and sucralose. Also known as Splenda, sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar, reports WebMD. It’s been linked in some studies to health effects like negative changes in the gut biome, weight gain, metabolic dysfunction, liver inflammation, and cancer, per Healthline.