I'm not talking about any old bread,
I'm talking about REAL BREAD made from freshly milled wheat, THE STAFF OF LIFE, (or other grains). There is so much talk out there about how wheat/grains are bad for you, and to some degree that is true, but it's why that is true that's important. If we are referring to bread that is on our grocery shelves, then the answer is emphatically, YES! That bread is devoid of any real nutrients, has been created with distorted ingredients, and in most cases toxic because of additives and preservatives. Now tell me, how is that supposed to be good for anyone? Yet, that is what we have been eating and feeding our families for decades.
According to the "experts" wheat, as well as other grains, have become the enemy. Why is that? If wheat/grains are not to be part of our daily diet, then:
- Why does practically every society have bread/grains as a dietary mainstay?
- Why were grains discovered in the ancient tombs of Egypt? Why not meats, fruits, & vegetables?
- Don't you find it interesting that in the Bible God provided manna, a bread, for the Israelites to eat for 40 years? Yes, forty years! What was in the bread that was obviously needed by the body everyday?
- Also in the Bible, why did God tell Joseph to store up grain for the coming famine and not meat, fruits and vegetables? By the way, the stored grain ended up feeding the people and animals for a seven year-long famine.
- If we are not to eat bread daily, then why does God instruct us in the Lord's Prayer: "...Give us this day our daily bread..."? What exactly is in real bread that our bodies have to have every day?
So, what is REAL Bread - The Staff of Life anyway?
Well, in order to explain it correctly we have to start with the source - the whole grain. Grains and beans are perfectly designed to store all their life-giving nutrients within. They are the only foods that are the seed of a plant as well as the fruit. Grains and beans can be stored for many, many years. The grains found in the Egyptian tombs, well, they planted them and they sprouted. How awesome is that; we are talking 5000 years!
Since wheat has been the focus of most of the controversies, let's begin there. Wheat is a mega nutrient dense food. It has all the building blocks for a complete protein minus one, Lysine, which is found in meat, dairy and beans. In other words, paring wheat/bread with a meat, dairy or beans in a meal you will have a complete protein. How about Red Beans & Rice? Yumm!
Eating bread made from freshly milled whole wheat flour provides many benefits that are essential to one's health: One of the richest sources of vitamin E, insoluble and soluble fiber as well as every nutrient needed to metabolize fat & cholesterol is in wheat. The fiber helps lower insulin and stabilize blood sugar while helping with digestive issues and constipation. Actually, the list of benefits is long. Did you know that once the grain has been milled (ground into flour) the bulk of its nutrients oxidize and are GONE after about 72 hours? That means that most bread products from the store are dead. That's right, Dead! Including products labeled "whole wheat". Then, if that weren't enough, the wheat flour is sifted or separated from the very important bran, middlings, germ and germ oil. To be left with the long lasting, starchy, nutrient-less white flour. Again, how can that be good for anyone?
A multitude of our present-day diseases and other health problems have been traced back to this sifted white flour which became available to the masses around the 1920's. The sifted white flour, barren of most of its nutrients, is what makes up the majority of all the commercially produced breads and many, many other products in our grocery stores today. Again, the additives and chemicals along with unprecedented amounts of wheat gluten being added to our foods is staggering. No wonder we have wheat and gluten issues! (See History of White Flour for more information)
OK, what do we do?
A great place to start is by milling one's own wheat/grains and baking one's own bread, cookies, crackers, etc.. Basically, anything for which you would use flour or cornmeal. It is my opinion, not as a medical professional, but an experienced and practicing individual, who does eat food myself and feeds a family, that I have done a better job by returning to the basic uses of whole wheat/grains and incorporating them into our diet the way they were designed to be consumed and taking control of the ingredients I use to feed my family.
- Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made and were created to be fueled by real food
- To eat food that is as close to it's natural state as possible
- Have my "daily" bread, REAL bread. Bread made from freshly milled wheat/grains where all the nutrients are present
Start with one thing: make something fresh instead of choosing something from a box or a package. Then, read the following pages and learn about how to get started making your own wholesome, life-giving, full of nutrients bread at home. You will see and feel a difference!
I am very passionate about incorporating freshly milled breads into the daily diet. To learn more, visit these other pages: