How Eliminating This Popular Ingredient May Help You Become Instantly Healthier

 

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White flour is used in virtually every kind of baked good or sweet treat that you can possibly think of, but unfortunately it is a pretty unhealthy ingredient that can be used in cooking. On the surface, this may not necessarily seem like such a big problem – after all, if white flour is in virtually everything, what can possibly be wrong with it? The trouble with this thinking is, if you’ve ever experienced a serious bout of sleepiness or even irritability after eating a heavily refined and starchy meal or snack made from processed white flour (and really, who hasn’t at some point?), you need to get the facts on this ingredient right away so you can start making healthier dietary choices.

I read  an informative article by Care 2 that revealed to me the true health cost of white flour, and so I made an effort to do my best to replace white flour with other, healthier alternatives. As it turns out, white flour is used in almost every recipe you can possibly think of, but fortunately, there are alternatives out there for you to use with peace of mind. It is a good thing that I found out how to avoid this potentially harmful ingredient and I am happy to pass on my knowledge to you.

White flour is a food product that’s made from refined whole grains that are crushed down into a powder like consistency. It’s considered “refined” because it has essentially been stripped of all its nutritional benefits and values. Many scientists and healthcare professionals have noted that the rise of the use of white flour in society tends to have a direct correlation to the rise of instances of diabetes and obesity, among other serious health problems. Refined white flour rapidly increases your blood sugar levels, which can lead to a whole host of problems. Best case scenario, you’ll end up tired and irritable a mere few hours after your last starchy meal. Worst case scenario, you may end up developing a tolerance to insulin that can lead to adult onset diabetes.

So how can you avoid these potentially serious health issues? For starters, ditch the bag of white flour that’s sitting in your pantry, and opt instead for a healthier alternative. Whole wheat flour is one of the best alternatives, as it gives pretty much the exact same texture and taste as refined flour does, except it is loaded with protein and fiber and keeps you feeling full for longer. Almond flour and brown rice flour are also great options for the more advanced cook – and they’re both loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.

 

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