The Startling Truth About Enriched Wheat Flour (White Flour)

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flourOpen your bread box and review the active ingredients of your favorite bread. Possibilities are the first ingredient is unfortunately going to be enriched wheat flour.

What does "enriched" imply?
Enriched flour is flour in which many of the natural vitamins and minerals have actually been extracted. This is accomplished in order to allegedly provide bread a finer texture, increase service life and prevent bugs from consuming it. The reality is, (bugs will pass away if they try to live off it).

Why is enriched flour bad?
When the bran and the microorganism (the parts of the wheat contain vitamins and minerals) are eliminated, your body soaks up wheat differently. Instead of being a slow-moving, steady process through which you get steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour too quickly, swamping the blood stream with too much sugar at once. Your body then needs to work hard to absorb the extra and stores it as fat. This triggers fast highs and lows in your blood-sugar level which can cause type-two diabetes and obesity. All this and you're not even getting near to the amount of nutrients that whole grains consist of.

Whole grains
Whole grains are richer in nutritional fiber, antioxidants, protein (and in particular the amino acid lysine), dietary minerals (including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), and vitamins (including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin E).

Excellent Health Benefits
By eating whole grains you minimize the risk of some types of cancer, digestive system diseases, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and weight problems.

Do not be deceived.
There are many products that appear healthy on the front however in reality they are not. If the bread you are purchasing states "soft wheat" or "multi-grain" make certain you still reviewed the ingredients. Many of these breads are mostly made with enriched flour. Even if the word "enriched" is not there, if it does not state "whole" then it's the exact same junk. Do not get tricked by color either. Even if it's brown, natural wheat flour is still missing out on the bran and the microorganism contain important nutrients in addition to the fiber that helps food digestion.

If you do not mill your own grains, try to find items in your store that say 100 % whole wheat.  Trader Joes and other whole food markets, typically carry pastas that are 100 %  whole wheat and taste terrific.  In fact, we're willing to predict that once your family eats whole wheat breads - they will not want to go back to the unhealthy processed breads made from enriched flour.

Here are some foods that commonly contain enriched flour:
Chicken nuggets (breaded)
Pie crust