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Fit Fridays with Tracy: Why you should eliminate white flour and white sugar from your diet


Oftentimes, we’re in such a rush to eat that we don’t opt to pay attention to exactly what we’re putting into our bodies.

Choosing the best foods to eat can sometimes be confusing. The media gives us all sorts of distorted half-truths from food manufacturers that are looking to get over on us. There are tons of harmful and suspect ingredients added to foods to extend shelf life, add flashy colors and make us crave their products. If you can avoid these ingredients, you will improve the quality of what you put into your body. Once you cut these items out of your diet, you will notice weight loss, higher energy levels, and you’ll overall plain feel healthier.

Why is white bread white? Flour taken from wheat is not white. Flour mills use chemical bleach such as oxide of nitrogen, chlorine, chloride, nitrosyl and benzoyl peroxide mixed with various chemical salts to make bread white. Do these products sound like they are good for your body? Bleach has a number of dangerous side effects. It destroys vital wheat germ oil, shortens the flour’s shelf life and nurtures insects. You eat this. This applies to all white refined/processed foods. Here are some examples in case you’re wondering if you consume any white flour products:

− White Bread

− White Sugar

− White Pasta

− White Wraps

− White Rice

− White Pizza Crust

− White Rolls

− White Muffins

− White Baked Goods

− White Bagels

Refined sugar has been linked to a weakened immune system, hyperactivity, ADD, mental and emotional disorders, dental cavities, hypoglycemia, enlargement of the liver and kidneys and an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Doesn’t seem so worth it after, now does it?

You should know that 80 percent of your fitness results can be attributed to your eating habits.

If you focus on eating “real” foods like lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds you’ll live a healthier (and most likely longer) life and meet your fitness goals much easier.