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Side Effects Of Flour

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Flour forms an important ingredient of many recipes and recently I got to read its benefits that also made me think about the side effects of flour. We all know that there are several varieties of flour; some are wholesome and nutritious while other may be refined but unhealthy but are most commonly used in preparing dishes. We mostly relish the refined flour so let’s talk about the ill effects associated with such popular flours.


 


Nutritional Deficiency


 


During the process of refining, most of the important nutrients present in whole grain are lost. The flour becomes deficient in vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are important for a healthy body. It lacks healthy protein and starch which are the building blocks of the body. Thus, eating such processed flour often leads to several vitamin and mineral deficiency disorders and sometimes may also result into chronic fatigue syndrome.


 


Increased Risk Of Diabetes


 


Consumption of refined flour in the form of pasta, white bread, cookies, biscuits and cakes increases the risk of diabetes.


 


How Does Refined Flour Increases The Risk Of Diabetes


 


Refined flours have higher Glycemic Index (GI) index, which is directly related to the amount of sugar released in the blood. Consumption of refined flour products increases the sugar level, which damages the cells. To covert the increased sugar level into triglycerides, pancreas overworks and produces more insulin. The process if repeated again and again often leads to the damage of pancreas resulting into diabetes.


 


Weight Gain


 


Refined flour lacks dietary fibers. Moreover, the products formed from it are often rich in oil and unhealthy fats which results into obesity.


 


From the above-mentioned side effects of flour, you must have got an idea that whole grain flour is healthier than the processed or refined flour.


 


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