What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour: Is it a Real Food?

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What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour…Is it a Real Food?

Flour has been a main topic of conversation as of late. Especially with many who have issues with Gluten. While I have not had any particular problems that I am aware of, I do know many that do. Whether you are trying to eat gluten-free or are looking to increase the whole grains you eat in your diet, a little information may help in the choices you make. I’m going to keep my definitions extremely basic but will give plenty of links for you to follow up on if you would like to know more.

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Any time flour has been refined you can be sure that a great deal of the nutrients have been removed also. The bleaching process involves a chlorine gas to whiten the flour which can’t be good. Because much of the nutrients have been taken out in the process, a specific amount of nutrients are then returned to the flour. Many of the returned nutrients are not easily absorbed by our bodies.

The Global Healing Center states in their article The Hidden Truth About Enriched White Flour 

Once this stuff has been stripped down, you’re left with a starch. How does your body react to pure starch? The same way it reacts to pure sugar!

There are better alternatives to using Enriched Bleached White Flour. Let’s take a look at my favorite option.

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White Whole Wheat Flour 

I have been using white whole wheat flour for over a year now and have in the last few months eliminated Enriched Bleached White Flour from out diets completely. I haven’t missed it a bit. When I am substituting White Whole Wheat Flour for enriched flour I may have to add a touch more liquid to the recipe, but other than that everything else remains the same.

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What is White Whole Wheat Flour?

Clean Cuisine says it this way in What is white whole wheat flour? Is it healthy? 

White whole wheat flour is every bit as nutritious as whole wheat flour (it contains the nutrient-rich germ and the fiber-rich bran), it just bakes better and tastes more like the unhealthy all-purpose flour.

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Whole Wheat Flour  and other Whole Grains

Louise Tremblay with Demand Media in Healthy Facts About Whole-Wheat Flour Vs. White has this to say about Whole Wheat Flour…

White flour is made from heavily refined and processed wheat grains, while whole-wheat flour is made from grains that have not undergone heavy processing.

As stated before, the nutritional values of the two are vastly different, including the effects on blood sugar, fiber content, vitamins and minerals. This is a good reason to try and infuse more healthy grains into your diet.

Gluten-Free Flour

My Gluten Free Kosher Kitchen in their Kosher Celiac Cookery guide says this about Gluten-Free…

Flour is basically the powder obtained by grinding grains, seeds and tubers. Many plants other than wheat-can be made into a flour and include maize, chickpeas, tapioca, chestnut and potatoes. For those who suffer a wheat or gluten allergy (coeliac disease) or people who are intolerant, these flours offer an alternative to wheat.

The take away here is that there are alternatives to the flours one uses and plenty of choices. If you are trying to eat more of a real food or whole food diet, avoiding highly processed refined foods is a great place to start. If you are new to the idea, start slowly and begin to replace some of the enriched white flour with white whole wheat. You will be amazed at how easily the changes will come.

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BREADS FOR THE TABLE

In the spirit of using alternative flours I have chosen a few recipes for breads for the table around the web this week. Many types of flour is represented in this great round-up. Have fun with these great breads and get adventurous and experiment with a few. I would love to hear how they come out! 

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Comments

  1. says

    Hey Shari, I’m SO glad I happened on your awesome post and THANK YOU for including some of mine. Please let me know when you’re back up like this, I MISS YOU my friend!!!! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • says

      Hi Carrie. Glad to hear from you. I have begun posting again. I am taking in slowly with only one post a week. Trying to juggle working and blogging is a challenge but I am enjoying being back in the thick of things. I’ll stop by and say hello when I can.
      Blessings, Shari

  2. says

    I have celiac so it white enriched flour doesn’t matter to me 😉 But I always cringe when I see it on the backs of packages. I always yell at my mom for buying my brother food with it (any one in my family) and always tell them they are just depriving themselves of real food nutrients they can get in so much better tasting grains!

    • says

      It took a while for me to rid myself of all the enriched bleached flour. This weekend Tim wanted chocolate chip cookies (he’s a great baker) and went to the cupboard to get the while flour. I told him all we had was the white whole wheat. He used it and loved them. They were really quite tasty. I am working on ridding my shelves now completely of the white sugar. Baby steps. :)

  3. says

    I definitely didn’t know the difference, but now that I do, you can bet I will be cutting out enriched flour as much as possible. As for your bread recipes, now you are just making me want to try eat bread this morning and totally pinning for your recipes look amazing, but then again they always do :)
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    • says

      Thanks Janine. I am enjoying experimenting with all the different whole grains in my recipes. With just a few tweaks the recipes are easily changed. Thanks for stopping by.
      Blessings,
      Shari

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