3. Refined Flour
White wheat flour is in multiple products that are commonly found on supermarket shelves, from pasta to bread, crackers, pastry, and sauces. Though it’s consumed by the bucketload and is contained in products many of us don’t see as that unhealthy, such as spaghetti, white wheat flour is actually a highly refined substance that has been stripped of any nutrient value.
People consuming a diet consisting of a lot of white flour, could even wind up becoming nutrient deficient as we all need essential minerals and vitamins to keep our bodies healthy. When we don’t get them from our food, our body can’t perform vital tasks, such as maintaining bones, so it tries to extract them from elsewhere, leading to a slew of health problems. A UK Government report discovered that getting enough vitamins and minerals through food could save 70,000 people each year – and one way to improve your nutrient quota is by cutting out white flour products.
Studies have shown that healthier flours, such as quinoa, or buckwheat help to up your quotient of vitamins such as potassium, manganese, and phosphorus and boost your intake of the essential amino acids necessary to maintain good health. Research has also found that buckwheat flour can help to prevent celiac disease by preventing toxic prolamins and it’s also extremely suitable for people with gluten sensitivity. If you’re on a budget, wholemeal wheat flour is a cheaper alternative and it contains much more fibre and protein than its white wheat counterpart. Though products made with white flour are tasty, there are much healthier alternatives on offer and one of the best things you can do for your health and your body is to cut out this cheap but nutrient-poor ingredient.