White flour comes from wheat flour, the difference is that it has been “processed” and bleached. Anything that has been processed from its original state lowers the frequency and the nutritional value. White flour turns into glue in your body.
Gluten Intolerant? Bloating?
The reason “Gluten intolerant” has become such rampant problem these days is because our bodies can no longer handle breaking down this white flour. Everything has to be broken down by ENZYMES. When your body lacks this cellulase enzyme to break down the flour and flour products you will develop a “gluten intolerance”.
Also the amount of gluten content in the grain itself has gone up, the seed itself was genetically altered back in 1950 by large companies.
What is GMO?
Modifying the seed is called GMO or Genetically Modified Organism, this means they have changed the DNA structure. In changing the DNA the seed now has over 60% more gluten, this genetic technology has changed the nutrient content and made it cheap, resistant to pests and readily available.
And now after generations of eating this way, our DNA has been changed and our systems are weaker and we can no longer handle and digest it.
This modified seed with higher gluten content and no nutritional value or enzymes to aid in breaking it down, then breaks down the stomach lining and you will have the inflammation and things associated with “gluten intolerance”.
Enzymes are SO important
It is possible to find a grower that has not changed the seed and that is growing the same seed as they did 60+ years ago, which means it will not have the high amount of gluten. This intolerance is possible to heal so do not give up hope.
If you have a gluten intolerance you have probably already taken flour out all together, and thats good, your kids are more likely to come down it this as well.
If you and your family do not have this yet, great!
Making a switch to other grains, WHOLE grains, will help prevent and be a proactive solution so that you, or the generations that come after you don’t become gluten intolerant. Whole grains such as Kamut (which bakes just like wheat flour and you can switch it out 1 for 1 in recipes). Others flours such as barley, spelt, rice, coconut, tapioca, arrowroot, almond, and whole wheat.
Start ordering with whole wheat breads and buying whole grain breads for your sandwiches at home or grind your flour and make bread. Do what you can and just take 1 step forward away from the white flour.
There are brands putting alternative flour mixes out there and these are a much better option than white flour, anything is! I do not have this and nor do my kids, but this is why I live this way and it is a good switch to make so that you DO NOT develop this intolerance.
See the food recipe page for whole grain pancakes and recipes.
If you would like more information on other grains and helping to make this switch in your family see Using Other and Flours