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What's the hype with white flour?!

Posted Sep 07 2009 10:12pm
By Carol Harblin (CHHC)

The conflict and competition continues indefinitely. Somewhere in the 1940s and 1950s (or perhaps even the late 1890s) white bread/white flour was considered a sign of affluence. Everyone bought that white Wonder bread. White flour was bought more for baking cakes, cookies, breads, biscuits,'s everywhere. Oh, boy.

For my body type, white flour is detrimental. For others white AND wheat is detrimental.

What's the difference anyway? Well, the white flour has been bleached and stripped of it's whole wheat goodness. Stripped and bleached. That doesn't sound appealing. It was stripped and bleached all for the sake of the pure color of white and because it's soft.

Soft? So I guess they don't want us to use our teeth. The food makers want us to revert back to infancy to when things were easy to chew.

How can white flour harm us? For one, research has discovered that diets with a high-glycemic load and also a high carbohydrate count can increase the cancer risk.
Those white flour products are so refined and processed that it can increase the inflammation in the body which could result in stiffness in joints.

Unfortunately, you can't go to any restaurant without being inundated with white flour in some shape or form. You see it in pastas, hamburger buns, and even that complimentary bread at the table. Does this mean we can't go out to eat? Certainly not. Fortunately, restaurants are catching on too and are offering whole wheat pasta, wheat bread and buns, and even gluten-free pizza.

Supermarkets have caught on too. You don't see it in massive amounts, but you can find wheat hot dog and hamburger buns, bread without the white flour OR high fructose corn syrup!
APPLAUSE! I've even seen wheat English muffins!
Now, there should be more gluten-free bread products due to the increase in gluten sensitivities. More and more people are discovering they are sensitive to gluten.
So, when will there be more gluten-free products?
Patience is a virtue, isn't it? It's already happening with gluten-free pizzas and pancakes in some restaurants.

Just like Dory the fish, from Finding Nemo, once said, "Just keep swimming!" ...and we will get there!! We just have to continue to abstain from the white flour products as much as possible. When you do, you will begin to feel less bogged down and your joints won't feel as stiff and tight.

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...."

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