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White Flour: Tales From the Darkside

White flour has a bad rep.

The life of white flour (basic version):
White flour comes from wheat, but wheat is not white. Think of a wheat field ("For amber waves of grain..."); yeah, so not white. So to become white, the flour goes through a process (hence why it is processed) that strips it of almost all of its nutrients- the bran and the germ. Then it gets bleached and some other technical things, which makes it white and fluffy and therefore more appealing to us, the consumers.

Not over yet. Then, the it becomes enriched which means they add some synthetic nutrients back in but nothing in comparison to the nutrients it had before being processed.


Whole wheat flour and other whole grain flours are different in that they keep their bran and germ and are not nearly as processed as their white counterpart. A lot of people who want to lose weight (for example those trying the South Beach Diet) cut out simple carbs like white flour -the quintessential simple carb- because your body does not feel as full when you are eating white flour in comparison to whole wheat flour.

DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
;) klax...Hopefully there are other pizza alternatives for you. I can't live w/o pIZZA!!!! Knowing me, I'd deal with the indigestion get all bloaty and not care!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Good luck, klax! I had a friend that had Celiac's disease. She found that a LOT more restaurants than you might think have gluten-free menus. Or, at least they did in slightly bohemian Portland, OR. Just ask. :D
klax722 klax722 10 years
lol design..its getting better now..i'm getting used to it i was only diagnosed like 3 weeks ago so i went from eating everything in the entire world for 19 years to practically nothing immediately..i can still taste the last piece of pizza i had..mmmm T. Anthony's
sashak sashak 10 years
I don't think I've eaten white bread in a really long time. My mom always uses unbleached flour when she bakes...which is like once a week...we love cookies at my house...
JessNess JessNess 10 years
i love whole wheat flour. I use it in all my baking. Ive never been on a "diet" and dont know what the SOuth Beach diet entails. I just believe in eating in smaller portions with side salads everyday
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
klax722, wow, you've got it rough! That must stink watching your friends eat all the yummy stuff.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
i started to do south beach that is when i discovered i was hypoglycemic. now im trying to find a balance but its extremely hard to eat healthy when your on the road, what if the hokey pokey is really what its all about
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
Oh, don't EVEN let me get started on hot dogs...
klax722 klax722 10 years
I can't eat flour, wheat, rye, oat, barley, gluten in general..I have Celiac basically I can't eat anything I make all of my friends eat for me..which means..all of you should eat pizza for me and then tell me about it!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
nycgirl, I did southbeach too, and I loved it. It was the only way of 'dieting'/eating I actually stuck to. I learned so much about refined foods and enriched bread. I too don't ever touch white bread, unless it's the occasional slice of pizza and I usualy make my own at home with whole wheat flour.
rosyposy rosyposy 10 years
Its scary when you realise how much processing occurs in everyday foods
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I loved the South Beach diet-- it worked, and it made sense to me. I have sworn off white flour except for the twice a month 'cheat' like a cupcake or burger bun! At first it is very hard because EVERYTHING is white flour, but after a while you get used to it.
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