To Mill or Not to Mill... is that even a question?
Man can not live on bread alone.... but I sure would try, given the chance!
Okay, I took that scripture WAY out of context. My apologies.
Matthew 4: 4 actually says,
I still know that bread is delicious!
This photo above is lovely home made French style loaf bread.
The Photo above is a photo of our sandwich bread.
But the world we live in has certainly screwed things up for us nutritionally.
The manufacturing process for bread has gone far far far away from the original process we use to make it from.
It has gone from Stone grinding the wheat berries by hand to machine ground wheat berries.... from just a few loaves per batch to hundreds of loaves at once.
The manufacturing companies have figured out scientific ways to even cut down on proofing and rising times to better benefit the manufacturing process... although efficient, it looses the nutritional content.
The "enriched wheat" ingredient you see on your bread label is not what most people think.
Wouldn't you think "Enriched" would mean that the wheat had even more important properties??
Enriched Wheat flour is flour in which most of the natural vitamins and minerals have been
They say its to give the bread a better texture and increase its shelf life.
Well I don't know about you, but shelf life over the goodness as a whole aren't competing with each other.
Sure, the store bought bread will last a couple of weeks in the pantry... maybe... but the home made bread doesn't last even a week in our home... but ONLY because it gets eaten!!
Not only that, the home made bread digests so much easier... like bread was meant to be.
So lets also talk about the other things like the bran and the germ that are naturally in the whole wheat berry.
The bran and the germ are the parts of the wheat that contain fiber and nutrients and when they are removed, your body has to process wheat differently.
What a shame!
Instead of it being a slow process that gives you steady source of energy, your body breaks down the enriched flour a whole lot faster.
Then your blood sugar typically shoots up... and you are sent on a roller coaster ride metabolically.
The blood sugar has to be metabolized by the liver, and when excess sugar is present... your body will store it as FAT.
Without getting ANY Nutrients that the Whole Grain offers!
When I mill my own flour from organically grown wheat berries, I know I get the nutritional value of the complete grain Including:
Bran: the outer layer, which contains the largest amounts of insoluble fiber Magnesium Riboflavin Thiamine Niacin Folic Acid Calcium Iron Zinc and the Germ, or seed, which is an excellent source of: Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin E Magnesium Copper Iron Zinc Phosphorous and Polyunsaturated fatty acids
and more... up to 23 of these vitamins and minerals!!!
The photo above shows freshly ground flour from Hard White Wheat berries, below:
I purchased my flour mill at a homeschool convention. ( yeah I know, that seems Unconventional!)
The sign that caught my eye read "Your store bought bread may contain pig hair, human hair, or duck feathers disguised as "ENZYMES". L-Cysteine is an amino acid used to extend the shelf life in commercial breads. It is most often derived from human hair.. but can come from duck feathers, cow horns, and pig bristles.
I threw up in my mouth a little.
After researching this, I found it to be true... and the only way i could be sure to not ingest these enzymes, was to begin making my own bread at home.
I bought a Bosch Universal Mixer and a NutriMill on the spot From Paula's Bread
Talk about impulse purchases!! (or Genius Sales Pitch)
Well...it turned out to be the best decision I could have made.
Home Made Bread Tastes AHHHHMAZING!
These two tools just made my life a bit healthier in the bread department while making life a whole lot easier.
So... I have enjoyed knowing my bread is full of up to 23 vitamins and minerals, without the harmful effects of the processed flour.
Okayyyyy.... I use the bread dough for sweet tooth pleasures too!
So the answer is..... (if you can)....
TO MILL !!!
Do you Mill your own flour?
Coming up next:
The different Type of Wheat Berries and their functions.
I hope you will come back to read about the different uses of home ground whole wheat flours!
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