Wellness

Is Enriched Flour Healthy?

Take a moment and think about ALL the food products you have used that contain enriched flour. What if a lot of gut & health problems came not from the grain itself, but from the toxins added into it?

Flour from unrefined grains is made from the WHOLE grain, so all of the original nutrition is still intact. Making 100% whole wheat flour (or any other grain flour) is pretty easy:  grind the berry.  Making white flour?  Not so easy. Steps numbers 18 and 20 in the flour making process, diagram below, should especially concern us.  That’s where our lack-of-nutrition flour is bleached and enriched.

WHAT IS ENRICHED FLOUR?

There’s three parts to a wheat berry. White flour is made only from the endosperm portion, leaving the two parts of the wheat berry that contain the most nutrients (the germ and the bran) to be tossed aside. White flour was originally manufactured using large stones, but the resulting brownish/yellowish flour wasn’t appealing in color nor texture.  New manufacturing techniques were introduced in the late 1800s that improved both the appearance and texture of white flour, but then doctors and nutritionists became concerned that the newer methods were removing too much of the nutrition from the flour.  Their concern started a movement to improve the nutritional quality of white flour and after many studies they began to enrich white flour by adding thiamine, riboflavin, niacin (three of the B vitamins), iron, calcium and vitamin D.  While this may have been with good intentions, vitamins do not exist stand-alone in nature. They’re hard-coded into the DNA of plant-based and animal-based foods.  The abundance of beta carotene (vitamin A) is what makes carrots orange.  A group of antioxidants called anthocyanins make blueberries blue etc. Since brownish/yellow flour wasn’t considered “appealing,”  orange or blue flour would not be either.  The only way to enrich white flour without compromising the lovely soft and pale appearance is to use an alternate source – a chemistry lab.  Synthetic vitamins are first created by scientists and then added back into white flour just before it’s packaged and sent off for delivery.

THE DRAW-BACKS OF ENRICHMENT

The enrichment process sounds good on paper – the vitamins were once lost, so let’s add them back in! It’s not that simple. When the milling process removed those nutrients above from flour, a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals were removed too… but they’re not added back in during enrichment.  Fiber, protein, vitamin E, vitamin B6 are a the big ones that we’ve all heard of.  Lesser known trace minerals like potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium are also removed and remain unaccounted for in white flour.  Every single one of those vitamins and minerals are essential for our bodies to function well. Besides missing several key nutrients of the original wheat berry, manufacturers don’t necessarily enrich white flour with the same ratio of nutrients that are found in the original grainIron is added in excess, which can cause tissue damage to the liver over time.  B vitamins are all meant to work together, yet adding only a select few back into the flour can cause imbalances in the body processes that require those B vitamins, like metabolism, nerve function and hormone production and regulation. Consumers thinking that they’re getting more nutrients than they really are could be mis-led when making other health related decisions! Synthetic vitamins aren’t real!  And the body knows it.  The body can easily process vitamins found from real food sources, like plants, oils and animals.  But the body needs help with the synthetic forms of those same vitamins.  One example is folic acid.  Enzymes in the intestines convert folic acid into usable folate.  When the body is given a synthetic corm of folic acid, those enzymes need the help of vitamin C, niacin and vitamin B12 in order to convert it into folate.  (source)  Consuming these synthetic vitamins aren’t helping our bodies at all – they’re actually causing our bodies to draw on its nutrient reserves in order to properly digest the white flour, leaving the body without the nutrients needed to bodybuilding, digestion and repair. One side effect of large doses of synthetic iron is constipation

Once I learned about the Dangers of synthetic vitamins, I stopped buying capsules and tablets for my multi vitamins/mineral supplements, and I began to use Supermix..a whole food product with all the naturally occurring elements I needed for body nourishment.

Once I learned that “enriched”  flour contained these dangerous chemical compounds, I started ordering my flour online from Arva Mills…because they do NOT enrich.

For your healthiest life, I suggest avoiding enriched flour products, and getting supplements from high quality wholefoods. Both mangosteen and moringa are now available in superior quality formulations that provide the best possible health and immune system enriching on earth 🙂

You CAN positively impact your own DNA, and immune system health by making a few simple changes.

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