Saturday, April 10, 2010

While waiting for some downloading for my laptop, I shall blog a bit here...

I got this health info from one of the partners.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make while trying to lose weight is skipping meals. . When your body "thinks" that you are starving, it makes two changes to protect you from starving.First, it slows your metabolism causing your energy levels to drop. You slow down and your body burns less fat.Secondly, the meal you eat after you skip a meal will be converted almost entirely to fat and stored to protect you from starving. If you skip breakfast, almost all of what you eat for lunch is converted to fat. You think you’re taking in less food but in reality you’re causing your body to store more fat.

Flour is undoubtedly one of the most important foods in our diet, not because it's nutritious but because we eat it out of habit and eliminating it from our diet is nearly impossible.

First of all, most flour products such as bread are normally made from wheat flour and there are two types:Whole wheat flour, which tends to be darker in color and is the healthier of the two, and white or bleached flour. White flour is now called Enriched Wheat Flour and is the exact opposite of what the name indicates! In fact it is the biggest rip off yet.

What is enriched flour? Its wheat that has been so processed it no longer has any nutritional value. Wheat happens to be a very healthy grain as it has around thirty different nutrients including Iron and Fiber, which is there to help you digest the wheat so it doesn't stick to the walls of your intestine. When wheat is ground up and processed to make Enriched Flour, they take out over half of the nutrients and the fiber so the bread will be soft and white and they add sugar!

This is why every day, more and more people are opting to buy whole wheat bread instead. Unfortunately, most large bread manufacturers don't want to work double so instead of preparing Enriched Flour on one machine and whole wheat flour on the other, what they do is add artificial fiber and "Caramel" coloring to the Enriched Flour then sell it to you as whole wheat bread. This imitation bread is the same or worse than white bread yet they sell it at a higher cost because "it's healthier".

And this is why you should learn to read food labels. Don't get ripped off any longer! Real wheat bread will have as its first ingredient Whole Wheat Flour. Also, you won't see listed in the ingredients sugar or "Caramel" color as whole wheat tends to be sweet on its own and is already dark. And by looking at the nutritional panel you will see that compared to other breads it is much higher in Iron and Fiber, and lower in carbs.

There is a third type of bread which is superior to both white and wheat breads and that is Multigrain. This bread, so long as it is real Multigrain and not another knock off is very recommendable for people trying to lose weight or diabetics because it is lower in carbs and contains several different types of grains and oats.

So next time you go to the grocery store: buy bread instead of lies!

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