"In fact, bread has a lot of important vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. I'm talking about whole wheat bread bought at (proper) bakeries or home made. Once you enter the mass produced and refined/processed foods sector all bets are off as far as I'm concerned..."
Where I live few people make their own bread, and there are very few places to buy bread that aren't mass produced commercial concoctions.
Most of the commercially produced breads here amount to nothing more than a low sugar cake. ( Even if it says whole grain.)
As for eating pure wheat products, I suppose it depends on who you are and if you have any allergy issues with it.
As I walk the grocery store isles here in Texas and read labels, "Enriched flour" is perhaps the most common ingredient in processed foods. Fresh foods aside, enriched flour tends to dominate the store.
"High fructose corn syrup" is perhaps the second most common ingredient.
For years both enriched floor and high fructose corn syrup have been the first two ingredients listed on commercial breads, cookies, crackers, muffins, cakes, etc.
Mom always said "you are what you eat." If this is true then Americans are "Enriched flour, high fructose corn syrup..."View Thread
Concerning your question on wheat: Its not a myth that wheat can cause problems for certain individuals.
Wheat is in the top 8 of food allergens, which is why you see printed on boxes "ALLERGY INFORMATION: Contains wheat"
Even if wheat is not listed on the ingredients, the box may say something like "May contain wheat" or "Manufactured in a facility that also makes wheat products"
This is the manufacturer covering themselves in the event of unintended cross contamination from wheat products harming a super sensitive individual.
The protein gluten in wheat can damage the intestines ability to absorb nutrients. This is more rare and is called celiac disease.
Others may simply not be able to tolerate wheat such as myself. A bowl of shredded wheat cereal will leave me with heart palpitations and fatigue. If I repeatedly consume wheat I feel like I've been drugged with a sedative.
Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist, is very much against wheat and advises his patients to stop eating it. He has also written a book called "Wheat Belly". I haven't read it but its got a catchy title. You might be interested in what he has to say.
Recently, Grains overall have taken a hard hit in nutritional circles. While some experts swear by them, others condemn them.
For years the US gov't preached a low fat, high refined grain diet to the American people. Remember the old food pyramid?
The result? America got fatter.
Many "heart healthy" whole grain breads and cereals were just glorified junk food. Despite the "whole grain goodness" printed on the bread packaging, the product was made with a lot of refined junk ingredients, many containing high fructose corn sweeteners.
Nutritional science has come a long way. So has consumer education. Its getting harder for food companies to fool consumers.View Thread