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Refined Carbs linked to Cancer: Wheat 101

The food we choose to eat has the potential to produce life or to produce poor health.

“as many as 39% of the most common cancer cases could be prevented by an improvement in these nations’ overall diet, exercise habits, and weight management.” 1

Let’s talk about improving that “overall” diet.

We all love our grains!

Bread, pasta, baked goods, pizza, cereal, white rice, rolled oats, rolls, bagels, donuts, waffles, cookies, cakes, yada, yada, yada.

You can keep reading.

I’m not going to make you feel guilty!

I’m going to help you figure out how to improve your mood, drop some weight, lessen your cravings and improve that “overall” diet so that your “overall” health will soar!

Oh, and maybe that little benefit of preventing cancer will be the icing on your “overall” cake.

Remember, our bodies are amazing and self-healing WHEN we give them what they need.

We wouldn’t put Kool aid in our car’s gas tank and then be surprised that the engine sputters and konks out.

Likewise, we shouldn’t expect PEAK PERFORMANCE from our bodies unless we are eating for peak performance.

Here we go

– white flour is man’s decimation of God’s creation.

A study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention shows a link between the consumption of refined carbohydrates and cancer.

“Once again, we see that preventing cancer comes down to dietary choice. One of the easiest things a person can do to prevent cancer, based on this research, is to avoid all processed carbohydrates. That means eliminating from your diet refined white flour, refined white sugar, milled grains, and ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup.” 2 

Stay with me for this … Wheat 101.

Behold the Wheat Berry, created with 3 parts:

  • Bran (outer shell, has fiber)
  • Germ (nutrient rich)
  • Endosperm (mostly starch)

Whole wheat flour combines all 3 parts.

White flour is made from the endosperm only.

How is white flour made?

Today it is milled at high temperatures using high speed rollers.

Then it is hit with chlorine gas to whiten the flour and “age” it so that it can be immediately sold.

All this processing causes a loss of

  • vitamins (75% B vitamins are lost),
  • minerals (80% are lost), and fiber.

Oh, don’t forget about the bonus….a byproduct is formed called alloxan.

Google that little chemical gem and you will see that alloxan is a nasty chemical byproduct that is used by scientists to produce diabetes in lab rats for the purpose of studying diabetes.

Gosh, I wonder…. If alloxan is present in white flour and it causes diabetes in lab rats…. Could it cause problems in us humans? Hmmmm.

You know the answer.

IF you are going to eat bread, keep it very limited and look for gluten-free sprouted options. The brands I am familiar with still add wheat flour and these breads usually contain gluten. Better yet, I like a bread made without grains using coconut flour.  Try this: Pumpkin Bread and Muffins from WellnessMama.com.

 

Try this in the world’s best laboratory (your body):

Eliminate grains for a week and see how you feel. Instead of bread, crackers and pasta focus on eating quality animal protein and vegetables. Enjoy grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fat (olive oil, coconut oil, butter, avocado, olives).

Best use for refined flour: Paper-mâché, or paste (flour + water).

 

References

1. http://www.pritikin.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1493:live-healthy-prevent-cancer&catid=34:nutrition&Itemid=64

2. http://www.naturalnews.com/001812.html http://www.healthiertalk.com/little-known-secrets-about-bleached-flour-0499

http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/white-flour.html

 

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