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It’s time to peruse through your pantry and see what you’re really eating. If you have a loaf of bread in your house, grab it before you read the rest of this post. If you don’t have a loaf of bread, that’s all right. Read on and worry about the loaf of bread later.

The first thing I want you to look for on any bread or pasta label is whether or not it has the ingredient “wheat flour.” In the advertising world, wheat without the word “whole” in front of it, means white. That’s right. “Wheat flour” is just a smart way to say “white flour.”

What should you eat? You should eat WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR – not white flour, which is commonly described as semolina flour, wheat flour, unbleached wheat flour or enriched wheat flour. All of those flours are processed and that’s not what you want to put in your body. What you DO want to put in your body is plain old whole-wheat flour and only whole wheat flour.

Here’s the tricky part: If the label on the package lists whole wheat and wheat flour, that means you could be eating a food with 99.999999% wheat flour (in other words white flour) and a smidgen (close to 1%) whole wheat flour. The point is that you’re buying a product containing an undisclosed amount of white and whole-wheat flour. So you really don’t know what you’re getting.

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If I were you, I’d start buying loaves of bread and packages of pasta that only contain whole-wheat flour and no other kind of flour. This means you’ll be buying 100% whole wheat bread and pasta. But don’t trust what the packaging says! The label on the front of the package may say “100% Whole Wheat Bread,” but that doesn’t mean it is. You need to be a detective and investigate the nutrition label to truly find out what you’re getting.

Grains only containing whole-wheat flour are unrefined because their bran and germ haven’t been removed yet. 100% whole wheat foods are better sources of fiber, contain essential nutrients such as selenium, potassium and magnesium, and your body works harder to break them down because they’re unrefined (haven’t been processed yet). When you eat 100% whole-wheat items, you do the processing instead, which means you burn more calories. Sounds like a win-win to me!

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