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Keeping it Simple: The Case for Whole Wheat

What do ants know that we don’t? A simple experiment using white bleached flour and whole wheat flour tells all.

The next time you see a trail of ants, take a small amount (about 1/4 cup) of white bleached flour and pour it in a strip across the ants’ trail, making a barrier. Watch what happens. When the ants reach the flour barrier they’ll start making crazy circles in a seeming fit of confusion until one of the scout ants finds the outer edge of the barrier, at which point all the ants will follow the scout ant back to the other side of the flour strip and continue on their path.

Now take the same amount of fresh-ground whole wheat flour and make a similar strip 3-4 inches away from the white flour strip. Before long, you’ll see ants literally stopping in their tracks, turning around, and going back to the whole-wheat flour strip to start eating it!

If ants, being both industrious and wise, have the common sense to dismiss white flour from their diet, why is it that so many humans insist on consuming tons of it?

A test was done at the University of Utah using computer technology to identify all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and calories of any substance in standard store-bought white bread and homemade whole wheat bread. Equally sized slices of both were analyzed using the same criteria.

The result? The test showed that it would require 150 slices of the store-bought white bread to equal the nutritional value of just one slice of the homemade whole wheat bread!

White bleached flour has great value, however, if you’re into organic gardening. Just put white bleached flour into your dust gun and use it to dust your vegetables. It works great to keep insect pests at bay!

It’s as simple as that! 🙂