Unfortunately, in the USA, one of the main reasons for chronic illnesses, such as kidney tumor and premature deaths is the standard American diet. This is because most of the foods Americans eat daily are deadly. One such ingredient is white flour.
Why is white flour so harmful?
In 1910, the Federal District Court of Missouri stated that bleached flour is not an adequate human food. But, according to the words of H. W. Wiley, first chief of the FDA, back in the days, the law enforcement was stopped because of the political influence of the flour millers. So, no notice of violations has since been made by the Food and Drug Administration.
Nowadays, white flour contains insecticides, pesticides, and fungicides and around 60 chemicals have been approved for bleaching of the flour.
5 Shocking Truths about White Flour
It has no nutrients
When white flour is being manufactured, the brain of the wheat seed and germ, which contain around 75% of the vitamins and minerals, are eliminated. Moreover, 97% of the dietary fiber is lost, as well 70% iron, the B vitamins and E vitamin, 50% of calcium, and magnesium.
It contains potassium bromate
After the nutrients are removed from the flour, the next step is bleaching, preserving, and enhancing the flour with chlorine dioxide. Afterwards, ammonium carbonate is added for whitening, as well as alum and chalk. In the final stage, an anti-salting agent known as sorbitan mono-saturate is added. Potassium bromate, a potent oxidizer, is also added to the flour. This is a carcinogenic chemical, according to the IARC, and it is banned in a lot of countries.
It is a natural insecticide
If an insect enters a bag of white flour and starts eating from the flour, it will die.
It has L-cysteine
This non-essential amino acid is added to baked goods to speed up the processing. Also, it’s added to cookies, pastas, fast food buns, pizza dough, and pastries. The techniques for its production involve human hair and feathers from ducks. Other sources of L-cysteine, an amino acid, are cow horns, chicken feathers, and by-products from petroleum. To make things worse, most of L-cysteine is with Chinese origin, a country with a poor history of food regulation.
It has alloxan
This substance is added to white flour to make it look fresh and clean. However, scientific studies have shown that this substance has an adverse effect on the pancreas because it destroys its beta cells. Its effects can be reduced with the help of vitamin E, which protected lab mice in an animal study conducted by Dr. Gary Null.