Bleached vs unbleached baking paper

Bleached vs unbleached baking paper

When it comes to baking and using baking paper, we have two choices - the bleached commonly used white one and the unbleached brown one.

As you probably are aware, baking paper is commonly used in cooking and baking as it creates a non-stick surface between the food and cookware. It also makes it super easy for cleaning up with less mess on the actual cookware.


Bleached vs unbleached baking paper

Bleached (white) baking paper has been treated with chlorine, however the unbleached baking paper has not. When the chlorine bleached baking paper is heated, there is a concern that it may leak a chemical called dioxin. According to the WHO, dioxins are mainly by-products of manufacturing processes including chlorine bleaching of paper pulp (Ref 1). Dioxins (in high doses) are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer (Ref 1).

It is important to note that all baking paper - both unbleached and bleached - is treated with an ultra thin silicone coating which makes it non stick, as well as moisture and heat resistant.

So which one is better for us and which should you choose?

The unbleached baking paper is not chlorine treated and is not bleached, therefore it contains less chemicals and is considered to be healthier and safer than the bleached one. When food is baked on the white bleached paper, the food absorbs some of the chemicals on it. When trying to be healthier, we should also be reducing the amount of chemicals in our environment, so this is another way we can do that. I personally do not use baking paper as much as the average person, I use it very rarely as I tend to use glass containers and grease them well with coconut oil or butter/ghee. But if you have a choice, use the unbleached one.

Also, the good news is, is that Woolies is now selling the Multix Greener Brown Baking Paper so it is more accessible to everyone.

Happy baking everyone!!


References:

  1. World Health Organisation. (2016). Dioxins and their effects on human health. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dioxins-and-their-effects-on-human-health

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