Today, June 18, is day one of my personal challenge, The White Stuff: Four Weeks without White Flour or White Sugar.
There, I said it.
Now I have to actually do all four weeks. Drat.
I think it goes without saying as to why one would want to cut out refined sugars and flours but just in case, think about this:
The single-largest source of calories (for Americans) comes from sugar.
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume 1/2 a pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year! [source]
Sugar is in everything. Take a look at almost any processed food label and you’ll find it. Fruit juices, baby food, pretzels, deli meats, cooking sauces…you name it!
Not only does sugar lower your immunity and pack on the pounds, it is also known to make your skin sag and feed cancer cells.
That’s not good at all.
As for white flour, not only do many people feel bloated and lethargic after eating it, it’s completely void of almost all nutrients.
White flour is created by removing the bran and germ from the wheat, which contains 76% of the products vitamins and minerals. In removing these parts, 97% of fiber is also lost.
Once this has taken place, there are many things that are added such as chlorine dioxide, potassium bromated, emulsifiers, ammonium carbonate, alum, chalk, alloxen and sorbitan mono-saturate.
Of course, all the nutrients and mineral have been removed from the flour, so some has to be added in, making it enriched. But these vitamins and minerals are synthetic. Even though the vitamins are added back in, they are still not the same and not as healthy for you. [source]
So you’ll probably see a little less “yummmmmm” on this blog and a little more “yum…I think?” throughout the next four weeks. This is about eating clean and not just substituting artificial (toxic) sweeteners for the missing white sugar and flour. But I will attempt making treats that don’t require either.
Does that even exist?!?!
We shall see.
For starters, I made a batch of my Apricot Energy Bars (honey is a-OK, and quite healthy in moderation) and by the end of day one, I am feeling great and definitely consumed more fruits, veggies and nuts than I usually do. It’s amazing how much good stuff you can eat when you’re not filling up on garbage.
Now, if only my hubby wouldn’t bring home an entire Lindt Chocolate bar to devour in front of me…