Refined carbohydrates


Last updated 2/15/2007 at Noon

Why are refined carbohydrates bad for me?

When carbohydrates are refined, nearly all of the vitamins, minerals and fibers are removed, leaving only calories. Certain products like flour and sugars are refined and then “enriched,” meaning that only certain nutrients removed in the refining process are added back into the product.

In white flour, the kernel of the grain is processed to remove the germ portion. This removes about 33 nutrients. “Enriching” adds four to six nutrients back into the product. This creates the nutritive deficit. White flour is literally a sugar in itself,...

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