Beware "Enriched" Foods

From Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live:

White or "enriched" rice is just as bad as white bread and pasta. It is nutritionally bankrupt. You might as well just eat the Uncle Ben's cardboard box it comes in. Refining removes important factors: fiber, minerals, phytochemicals, and vitamin E. So, when you eat grains, eat whole grains.

Refining foods removes so much nutrition that our government requires that a few synthetic vitamins and minerals be added back. Such food is labelled as enriched or fortified. Whenever you see those words on a package, it means important nutrients are missing. Refining foods lowers the amount of hundreds of known nutrients, yet usually only five to ten are added back by fortification.

As we change food through processing and refining, we rob the food of certain health-supporting substances and often create unhealthy compounds, thus making it a more unfit food for human consumption. As a general rule of thumb: the closer we eat foods to their natural state, the healthier the food.

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Diane - May 11, 2006 10:02 AM

I've been hearing alot about "activia". What do you think of this?

Linda - May 11, 2006 6:55 PM

What is that, Diane, a drug?

anet - May 14, 2006 2:41 PM

"Enriched" in my mind means "processed". These enriched foods often come in boxes or cellophane packages, often having a list of "ingredients". I think they belong at the TOP of the pyramid-- use rarely.

Diane, Linda, here's a link on the "functional food" marketing movement (Activia is cited) ...sounds like just another way to get snare our grocery dollars

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