White Flour Facts

Go and read the ingredients of your bread. The first is probably enriched wheat flour.

What does “enriched” mean? Enriched flour is flour in which most of the natural vitamins and minerals have been extracted. This process is done to make finer bread, make it last longer, and keep bugs from eating it.

And why is enriched flour bad for you? Your body has a different way of absorbing wheat when there is no bran and germ, both of which contain the vitamins and minerals. Instead of being a slow, steady process through which you get steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour too quickly, flooding the blood stream with too much sugar at once. Because of that, your body has to work extra hard to absorb the excess sugar and store them as fat. The seesaw of blood sugar levels can lead to type 2 diabetes and obesity. All this and you’re not even getting close to the amount of nutrients that whole grains contain.

Whole grains. You’ll get plenty of dietary fiber, antioxidants, proteins and amino acids, vitamins, and minerals from whole grains.

Health gains Regular intake of whole grains reduces the risk of some cancers, digestive diseases, heart problems, diabetes, and obesity.

Don’t be fooled There are many products that seem healthy on the front but in reality they are not. Make sure you read the ingredients before you buy bread, even if it says “soft-wheat” or “multi-grain”. Breads are usually made from enriched flour. You should find the word “whole” to know that it’s healthy. You shouldn’t judge bread by its color, too. Even if it has the right color, unbleached wheat flour still contains no bran and germ.

You want 100% whole wheat.

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