Flour is flour, right? It doesn't matter what color it is, it's still healthy right?
Many people think that the color of the flour has nothing to do with nutritional value. Others also think that something such as flour couldn't possible hurt you. Unfortunately, the color of the flour does determine its nutritional value and some flour can have adverse health effects.
White flour is created by removing the bran and germ from the wheat, which contains 76% of the products vitamins and minerals. In removing these parts, 97% of fiber is also lost. At this point, the product only holds less nutritional value, but it doesn't stop there.
Once this has taken place, there are many things that are added such as chlorine dioxide, potassium bromated, emulsifiers, ammonium carbonate, alum, chalk, alloxen and sorbitan mono-saturate.
Of course, all the nutrients and mineral have been removed from the flour, so some has to be added in, making it enriched. But these vitamins and minerals are synthetic. Even though the vitamins are added back in, they are still not the same and not as healthy for you.
Most of the chemicals that are added into white bread, or white flour, are not healthy and can be potentially deadly and harmful to the human body. Many people don't know that potassium bromated is a carcinogen, a cancer causing source.
Alloxen, one of the chemicals that are added to white flour to make it look clean to the consumer, destroys beta cells that are located in the pancreas. This chemical is often given to laboratory rats to induce diabetes. Even though the connection between alloxen and type 2 diabetes has been founded, the FDA still allows for its use.
Also, items such as emulsifiers that are used in bread are used to deceive. It makes the bread appear softer and hides the real age of the bread. These emulsifiers don't prevent bread from rotting, just hides the signs so you do not know whether or not you are in fact eating bread that is still "good."
Unfortunately, the only thing that white flour is good for is the manufacturer. Making products more appealing to the public increases the chances of purchase and therefore increasing profits, whether or not it is actually healthy for you.
There are many products on the shelf that claim that they are whole wheat or whole grain, but they in fact only contains some whole wheat or whole grain products. Because they use it they can claim it, even if the main ingredient is enriched white flour. Read the ingredients to be sure that you are getting what they are claiming.
You don't have to be subject to marketing techniques if you simply read packaging. Make sure that what you are buying is in fact "whole" grain or wheat and you will be on your way to eating healthier, and living better.