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Nutrient Deficiency In Processed Pasta and Bread vs Whole Wheat

I noticed in Kates success story she mentioned switching to whole wheat bread. This is a nice illustration of what nutrients you give up when you choose white, processed foods.

Compared to whole wheat, bread and pasta are missing:

-62 percent of the zinc
-72 percent of the magnesium
-95 percent of the Vitamin E
-50 percent of the folic acid
-72 percent of the chromium
-78 percent of the Vitamin B 6
-78 percent of the fiber

Food for thought!

Sun. Feb 4, 3:37pm

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I tried some whole wheat gnocchi last night and it was really good. If you choose your ww products well, you will rarely miss the white stuff.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 10:35 AM

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Well, I've certainly gotten burned a few times with WW pasta - some of it has the consistency of 'fluffy cardboard'. So, if anyone has recommendations - I'm on the lookout for some pasta with good texture.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 11:11 AM

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another alternative is quinoa pasta. it is great nutritionally, with a lot of natural protein, and tasty! i only cook this kind of pasta nowadays.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 12:04 PM

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11:11 am poster again - quinoa pasta sounds interesting. Where do you generally purchse it?

Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:33 PM

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There's also vegetable, rice, and corn(maize) pastas. I get mine at the local health food store. These places have loads of neat alternatives, and if you find a good one, be loyal! A knowledgable staff at these places are worth their weight in gold for all the info they can provide.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:41 PM

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EITHER AT WHOLE FOODS GROCERS OR (oops!) health food stores, generally. some supermarkets carry it, but it depends on the needs of the neighborhood, i imagine. here is a link to some info on the product i buy. i really like the penne and rotini cuts, too.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:43 PM

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duh! the link is below...


Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:44 PM

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As far as pasta goes, I like angel hair. So far I haven't found a whole wheat angel hair pasta I don't like. I think because it's so thin it doesn't seem as chewy. Also, whole wheat couscous is now commonly available. I LOVE couscous!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 4:51 PM

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Pasta & WW Flour

Impressed by the comments on this site and agree that pasta should be made
with quinoa or spelt or a combination. Using the Google search engine look up
"antineutrients in grains" and you may be shocked. We make our own bread
and use a sour leavening process to neutralized the antineutrients in the flour.
Think that the same process could be applied to making pasta with WW flour.

Monday, December 29, 2008, 11:39 PM

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I get brown rice pasta and its not bad..made only with brown rice and water

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 11:39 AM

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wheat is bad, whole or white. Alternative whole grains are much better for your body, taste as good or better than wheat, and are readily available in most cities.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 12:44 PM

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Why is wheat bad? What is the evidence? What does it cause? Some facts would be nice.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 3:30 PM

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A lot of people have an intolerance to wheat, so badly in some it's classified as Celiac Disease. Also, wheat has omega 6's, and our body can only assimilate so many omega's each day. So if you are full of 6's from grain, you can't absorb the 3's that are so critical to alleviating depression. I try to start each day using flax meal or walnuts to get my Omega 3's in early in the day. Like many above I use a quinoa blend pasta or brown rice noodles on the occasions we indulge; both are very good and we make some kind of vegan dish about once a month.

When I quit dairy and wheat everything became better; I highly recommend everyone try it for a month to see how they do.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 3:43 PM

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besides celiac disease, which isn't truly an allergy, wheat is linked to inflamation, insulin resistance, IBS, leaky guy syndrome, acne, migraines, and a whole host of other problems that people just take prescriptions for instead of healing the root cause of their problem: wheat.

Why is it people always want facts but are too lazy to do a simple google search?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 6:34 PM

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If you come on this site and you say "wheat is bad for you," you should expect to have some facts or quotes or links instead of being critical of people and calling them lazy.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 6:36 AM

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I did a "simple Google search" and haven't found good references for the omega 6 content in wheat. Can you suggest a good site for that? Thanks.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 6:52 AM

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Clearly, I did have facts, I just expect other people to do research like I had to.

Though skeptism given the way everyone seems to think wheat is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and the way this site seems to advocate lots of whole grains in a diet isn't surprising.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 9:56 AM

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You didn't present your facts.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 7:08 PM

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So how many omega 6's are in a slice of whole wheat bread? Or a cup of whole wheat flour? I can't find any clear information. How does this compare with say a serving of peanut butter, a tablespoon of soy oil?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 7:25 PM

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All of the Trader Joe's WW pastas taste great to me. Not like the earliest versions of ww pasta that didn't have a great texture.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 7:28 PM

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