We as Americans are oblivious when it comes to how foods are really affecting us, so we all have to do our part to become educated about the foods we have been growing up eating, and especially the foods that we are feeding our children!
One of the most dangerous foods is probably something you've been consuming on a daily basis. Probably several times a day. It is all around us, and the negative effects of this product are clearly visible in America.
The production of white flour involves stripping away of the most nutritional aspects of the grain: the germ and the bran. It also includes the addition of lost B vitamins and iron, and bleaching it with a chemical bleaching agent to make it appear bright white. The flour itself is devoid of the fiber which aids in passing easily through the large intestine. A person following a diet that regularly includes eating white flour as well as sugar (fructose, primarily), or products made with the ingredients, increases their chances for weight gain, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
The more refined foods a person eats, the more insulin must be produced to manage it. Insulin promotes the storage of fat, making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, which can lead to heart disease. Over time, the pancreas gets so overworked that insulin production grinds to a halt, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or diabetes sets in. Either way, the body is getting little or no fuel from the food you eat and tries to convert muscle and fat into energy.
Also, the constant refined sugar/refined flour intake places a continual stress on the adrenals to pump out balancing hormones. This, of course, ultimately weakens the adrenals making it harder and harder for them to respond as the “emergency system” they were created to be.
So, what are you supposed to eat in place of white flour? You have a few great options:
1. Quinoa Flour
This is my absolute favorite! Packed with protein and fiber, the highest amounts out of all grains!
2. Chickpea Flour (Garbanzo Beans)
This stuff is delicious! It brings a rich flavor to our baked goods without the harmful side effects of white flour.
3. Brown Rice Flour
An absolute staple for gluten-free baking!
After gaining nearly 100lbs while suffering from PCOS, my journey to lose weight has finally ended and my love and appreciation for healthy but delicious food has just begun. This my story on how I lost nearly 90lbs while still completely indulging in life.