Dear Pharmacist: What is the No. 1 thing I can do to prevent diabetes? — T.H., Seattle
Answer: Avoid white! By that I mean white salt, white sugar and white flour. The white flour is particularly offensive because it contains a compound known to harm the pancreas. The pancreas is the gland you need for healthy blood sugar balance, because it secretes insulin.
Let me back up to the point where wheat is grown on a farm, before it becomes flour. Special care is taken to till and fertilize the soil. The field was sprayed with various pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals to protect the harvest. About 83 active chemicals are used in pesticides today, even though studies have shown that some cause cancer in animals or humans.
The wheat kernels get stripped of their “bran” and “germ” layer, a process which removes all the fiber, minerals and vitamins. Oddly enough, this flour may command a higher price than flour left in its natural state.
The naturally brown flour will now be whitened using a chemical similar to chlorine bleach. This chemical forms another substance called “alloxan” which is known to destroy pancreatic function. Did you catch that?
Alloxan is so outstanding at destroying the pancreas that researchers commonly use it in clinical trials to induce diabetes in lab animals! Bleached white flour is almost always contaminated with alloxan. It happens because of strong demand from you, the consumer, who find pastries, buns, biscuits and bread much prettier when it is white. You cast your vote to continue the nonsense by buying white flour goodies!
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For more information about Suzy Cohen, visit her website at www.suzycohen.com.