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The Wonder of Bread By the Numbers

3,975 The number of feet of the longest loaf of bread in the world, made at a bakers' party in Portugal in 2005. When sliced, it fed over 15,000 people.

1777 The year wheat was first planted (as a hobby crop) in the United States.

1928 The year pre-sliced bread was invented in Chillicothe, Missouri, after being worked on for 16 years.

12.6 The grams of protein in a 3.5 ounce serving of hard red winter wheat, almost equal to the grams of protein in the same serving of soybeans.

10 The years a family of four could live off the bread produced by one acre of wheat.

6 The number of wheat classifications: hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, durum (hard), hard white, soft white.

1.25-2 The hours it takes for Saccharomyces cerevisiae (common bread yeast) to double in numbers, making it easily cultured.

1 A single loaf of bread, when partaken at Communion, is a powerful symbol of Christian unity: "Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf" (1 Cor. 10:17).

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