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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A toxic substance in white flour - could it cause Diabetes?

I was surfing lowcarbfriends.com and I found a very interesting post. Ellen kindly gave me permission to share it on my blog.

"I've been doing a little research on how the white flour used in processed food products is made.. found out some interesting facts.

During the manufacturing of white flour, millers use a form of chlorine gas to bleach and artificially “age” flour. The goal, of course, is a clean, white product. The chlorine gas reacts with the flour, oxidizing, whitening it and reducing the gluten.

But it also converts an dough additive called xanthine into a toxic substance called alloxan. The alloxan is an unintended byproduct.

So what is alloxan? Alloxan is a toxin which destroys pancreatic islet cells, resulting in diabetes. In fact, Alloxin is specifically used in research labs to induce diabetes in rats and mice for study purposes.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the rates of diabetes in the US and around the world?

See this study abstract at pubmed: The mechanism of alloxan and streptozotocin action...[Physiol Res. 2001] - PubMed Result

Here’s an article on this subject: white flour contains diabetes-causing contaminant alloxan"

HERE IS MORE ON THE SUBJECT OF WHITE FLOUR: White Flour: Not That Healthy!
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