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White flour promotes nutritional deficiencies and chronic disease

Sunday, December 05, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: white flour, refined grains, processed foods

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People simply can't get adequate nutrition by going to a grocery store, loading up on healthy foods and chewing their way through groceries. Given the nutritional profile of today's foods, it's physically impossible for a human being to do so. To make matters worse, most people don't eat optimum foods to begin with. They eat foods that are nutritionally depleted.

They drink a lot of cow's milk, which actually has poor nutrition for human beings given that it is designed for baby cows, not baby humans. They eat a lot of red meat, which contains heart-damaging saturated animal fats and lacks fiber. They take cheap vitamins that offer synthetic forms of vitamins and minerals rather than natural, organic forms. People also engage in lifestyle habits that deplete the vitamins and minerals they've managed to absorb from their foods. These habits include the consumption of caffeine, soft drinks, tobacco, white flour, added sugars, and other ingredients that actually strip nutrients away from your body.

To top it off, they're subjected to chronic stress conditions like work stress, environmental stress (breathing polluted air, drinking polluted water), relationship stress, lack of sleep, lack of sunlight, and so on. This chronic stress actually accelerates the depletion of nutrients in the body, leaving people in a deeper state of nutritional deficiency.

So by the time you're done with all of that, the average American has only a fraction of the nutrition they actually need for optimum health. And that means they are operating at far less than the health potential their body was designed for. If they were able to get better nutrition and avoid the nutrient depleting substances in their foods, imagine what state of health they could achieve. Imagine how good their blood chemistry would be, the level of energy they would have on a daily basis, how healthy they would be and how long a life they would live free of chronic pain and free of chronic disease. This is the kind of life that you can achieve with nutrition. And it is exactly the life that I'm leading right now through a proven strategy of nutrition and physical exercise.

So if you put all this together, you realize that the standard American diet is a diet of chronic disease and death. The diet that most people are following today in modern societies is a diet that will kill them much sooner with far higher health care costs and with far lower quality of life than if they were able to eat simpler foods -- unprocessed, non-manufactured, and unrefined. Our diet is the number one cause of disease in this country. The American food supply is what's killing us, not our genes or bad luck (as many doctors would have you mistakenly believe).

As a side note to all of this, it's interesting to look at the companies that produce white flour and how they ship that white flour to cereal companies, bread companies and other commercial users of the product. You may know that if you're in the food business, it's difficult to ship food without having it infested by various pests. There are mice, rats and insects that want to eat your food as it is being transported.

But when companies ship refined white flour in large 50 lb. bags, they don't have to use any insecticide whatsoever. That's because if an insect gets into the bag of white flour and starts eating it, that insect will die from consuming it. White flour is a natural insecticide because it kills any insect that attempts to live off of it.

So by the time the truck arrives at its destination, which might be a cereal company, a bread company or some kind of food producer, if there were ants or crickets or other insects that got into the truck when it left the factory, all those insects will be dead by the time it arrives. Why did they die? They were eating the white flour.

You can try this experiment yourself by buying some white flour, putting it in a bowl and throwing some ants and crickets in with it. Give them a little bit of water, just so they don't die from dehydration, and then find out how long they live. You'll find they won't live very long at all.

And yet, many Americans are attempting to live off white flour because they consume it at every single meal in alarming quantities. Then they wonder why they suffer from chronic disease. The fact is that white flour will (slowly) kill you. It will cause nutritional deficiencies and it will ultimately put you in a state of chronic disease that could easily be avoided by consuming whole grain flour and getting outstanding nutrition rather than consuming processed grains.

So don't make the mistake of thinking that nutrition simply means calories. Often, around the world, when you hear the term 'malnutrition', you're shown images of thin, bony children who haven't had anything to eat. But in fact, Americans look just like that underneath all the fat. They are malnourished, they are diseased and they continue to suffer from malnutrition caused by the consumption of nutritionally depleted foods such as pancakes, white bread, candy bars, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, pastries, processed foods, junk foods, snack foods, and many other items.

This article is an excerpt from the book, The 7 Laws of Nutrition by Mike Adams.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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