BLEACH REFINED FLOURS
Nearly everyone knows that white flour is not healthy for you, but most people don’t know that when white flour is bleached, it can actually be FAR worse for you.
It’s generally understood that refining food destroys nutrients. With the most nutritious part of the grain removed, white flour essentially becomes a form of sugar. Consider what gets lost in the refining process:
Half of the beneficial unsaturated fatty acids
Virtually all of the vitamin E
Fifty percent of the calcium
Seventy percent of the phosphorus
Eighty percent of the iron
Ninety eight percent of the magnesium
Fifty to 80 percent of the B vitamins
And many more nutrients are destroyed — simply too many to list.
Whole Grain Flour vs. White Enriched Flour
- Whole grain foods are higher in fiber because the wheat germ and bran have not been processed out of them.
- Whole grain foods are digested more slowly, leaving you feeling fuller for a longer.
- Whole grain foods have more nutrients than “enriched” foods.
- Whole grains are not processed as a starch, so they don’t throw your body into a sugar dependency cycle.
Experiment with a 10 day, no enriched white flour challenge, you might be surprised at how easy it is.
There are alternatives to enriched white flour. Try replacing enriched flour with whole wheat, spelt, oat flour, rye flour, almond meal, brown rice flour, or millet flour. Pasta and bread are the foods that most commonly contain white flour, but pay attention as many processed and frozen foods contain enriched flour. If available, sprouted flours are best. Preferably, organic.