Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Our collective health suffers more from white bread than from alcohol or tobacco

Natural costs more but satisfies for a long time so is less expensive after all

My teacher gastroenterologist Professor GNJ Tytgat taught that switching to whole-wheat-flour would prevent most illnesses. Most health specialists say that the greatest improvement to our collective health would be eating fiber-rich bread. If you switch that statement around you get our headline.

Of course, regular alcohol and tobacco attacks destroy the body but are in the population as a whole less frequent than the white-flour assaults.

It’s harder to see the ills of white-flour consumption because what hurts is not the stuff you eat but the stuff you don’t: fiber. Not only is the white-flour/sugar diet deficient like a food routine that provides no vitamins. On top of that, it fills the stomach, gives a fake feeling of satisfaction, and prevents the intake of real foods, no different from cola. It replaces food. And it withholds from the digestive-tract muscles the exercise they need, disturbs the absorption of nutrients, abruptly increases the blood-sugar level (and the influx of calories) after which it suddenly falls (which makes you feel hungry too soon after the meal), fails to empty the prostate, etc.

It also perpetuates the crazy idea that one eats to enjoy. A good taste is only the secondary aim of correct eating. The basic function must be that your intake maintains your health. Then, that intake should be pleasing.

To get used to more fiber in your food, make a sandwich with only one slice of white. Mix a rising percentage of whole flour, whole rice, or whole pasta through the white stuff you used up to now. * Something else that may help is to prioritize chewing calories you need over drinking them. Filtered grape juice is less than half of the volume of blended grapes.


The Traditional Jewish Blessing for bread acknowledges that G^d produces Lechem from the ground. In modern Hebrew, Lechem means bread. But in original Hebrew, it means food. A loaf is Pat or Kikar. Grain is the staple of life so at the beginning of a meal with bread, we only make a Blessing over bread. Yet, if your bread is white, it’s no more nutritious than a spoonful of white sugar. That’s not food. The rabbis, IMHO, should advise making the Blessing over whole-grain (or half-grain) bread, even when the intention is to eat a bite of it and then continue with while-flour produce. When health-supporting bread is in the house, sometimes, it might be eaten.

Most rabbis also rule that you don’t make a Blessing when putting chewing gum into your mouth because it’s not food. It gives false signals to the body that food is on its way. So do white-flour bread, pasta, pizza, cookies, white rice, sugar, etc. To call ingestion of white ‘bread’ the essence of eating, the staple of human food is a falsehood and untraditional. A lifestyle rejecting television should certainly shed the white-flour scam.

After it became clear that smoking tobacco is no innocent pastime, quite quickly the rabbis decided beginning to smoke is forbidden. How long from now will it be that they will outlaw consuming white-flour junk?

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