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A Reminder of the Dangers of White Flour

By Sandy Schroeder

If you love bagels, croissants and pastries, or burgers on a toasted bun, you may be crossing the line on some major health risks.  Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen recently reminded us that all of those treats are usually made from refined white flour that is robbed of all of the important fiber and nutrients. This creates a glucose boost that will clog the arteries and up the risk for heart disease and stroke. 

Look at the Numbers 

According to a new study in BMJ, eating seven servings daily of refined grains like those found in white bread or bagels can raise the risk for early death by 27 percent. The risk for heart disease is 33 percent greater and the risk for stroke is 47 percent higher. 

As I read those numbers while eating my breakfast croissant, I put it down and thought about other ways I was consuming white flour such as large white flour tortillas, or boxes of muffin mix. In my defense, I buy whole wheat bread and always look for other whole wheat choices. 

If you can think of several white flour choices that you make every day, it may be time to slow down and shop more carefully.  

The researchers tell us each American eats about 50 pounds of bread a year. Much of that bread comes with a label of "whole grain," but very little is really 100 percent whole grain. 

More Ways to Avoid White Flour 

Here are some ways for you to avoid white flour.

Check the label - Always look for the ingredients "100 percent whole grains." 

Start a daily food dairy - You could make it a running list of everything that you eat like the ones for weight control, or you could simply start with a list of the variety of breads and baked goods that you consume and do a daily count of how many bagels, croissants, slices of bread, donuts, or tortillas that you ate; note how many were whole grain and how many were made from white flour. 

Cut back on the whole issue - If you know you are eating too many sandwiches, baked goods or similar foods, it may be time to start switching over to fresh fruit, nuts, lunch meat, finger food with pickles or peppers instead of bread, or salads and soups.  

I have started checking my weekly shopping list to add healthy ingredients and cut back on the loaves of bread, tortillas, and muffin or bread mixes. Leafy greens, olives, oranges, grapes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and onions are showing up to create a healthier diet. 

Avoiding the dangers of white flour will be a smart move. Experts now tell us heart disease is the frontrunner in causes of death for both men and women in the U.S. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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