I had this Speech class assignment to persuade my listeners to do something-anything. I decided that-as a nurse- I should persuade them to do something healthy. So I researched white flour. Everyone seems to know how bad white flour is and not to eat it, but does everyone know WHY?
Well, it goes something like this. They bleach it. Now, I'm not talking about a process that makes the flour look bleached- IT'S ACTUALLY CHLORINE OR A CHLORIDE PRODUCT THEY USE!
Beyond being utterly disgusting, there have never been any long term studies done to determine if this is unhealthy or not.
A doctor by the name of Wiley was the head of the department of Chemistry around the turn of the last century. When the flour manufacturers were pushing for the bleaching process to be supported by our government- Dr. Wiley refused to allow the okay to be given. Thus, the FDA was born! They ARE NOT on our side! DO NOT EVER BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THEY ARE! The whole point of the FDA was to usurp this man, which means the FDA is and will always be a political agency designed to be bought off by big business. Think about cigarettes for a minute. Point made!
The worst part of all is the REASON WHY the manufacturers wanted this pushed through. It used to take 6-8 months for flour to be aged for use. The bleaching cuts that time down to 48 hours. Also, vermin including insects and rodents generally LEAVE BLEACHED FLOUR ALONE! That would make them smarter than most of us, in a way.
New studies are showing a correlation between white flour and obesity and diabetes. Apparently the process causes a substance called Alloxan to be produced in 5-15% of the flour. Alloxan has only one constructive use- to cause diabetes in lab animals to test new diabetes medications on. In countries where white flour has been introduced, they have found a correlation in the increase of diabetes and obesity as well.
There is much more but I won't bore you with any more of this diatribe. I could go on for days.
I have gotten rid of all the white flour in our house and that includes white rice and pasta too.
Oh, and I did get an 'A'.