We’ve harped on late 1800’s scientists and the industrialists who funded them before (How 1911 Science is Still Killing You: Salt). But this is just as bad. Obesity, shortened life-span, and diseases including ADHD, cancer and diabetes can all be credited to grain mills invented in the late 1800’s.
Harvard explains why, “Milling strips away the bran and germ, making the grain easier to chew, easier to digest, and easier to keep without refrigeration (the healthy oils in the germ can turn rancid, giving the grain an off taste). Processing also pulverizes the endosperm, turning it from a small, solid nugget into millions of minuscule particles. Refining wheat creates fluffy flour that makes light, airy breads and pastries. But there’s a nutritional price to be paid. The process strips away more than half of wheat’s B vitamins, 90 percent of the vitamin E, and virtually all of the fiber. It also makes the starch easily accessible to the body’s starch-digesting enzymes.“
Harvard continues, “The bran and fiber in whole grains make it more difficult for digestive enzymes to break down the starches into glucose. Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol. Insoluble fiber helps move waste through the digestive tract. Fiber may also kindle the body’s natural anticoagulants and so help prevent the formation of small blood clots that can trigger heart attacks or strokes. The collection of antioxidants prevents LDL cholesterol from reacting with oxygen. Some experts think this reaction is a key early step in the development of cholesterol-clogged arteries.” (Harvard)
Where you find all these whole grains is in the title. But if you choose popcorn, you may drown it in butter but don’t salt it.
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