May 13, 2010

UNFUNNY:

Forget 'Stone-Ground' and 'Multi-Grain.' For Health And Taste, The Right Answer Is 'Whole Grain.' (Jesse Kornbluth, 5/12/10, Huffington Post)

What do you gain when all three parts of a grain --- bran, germ and endosperm --- are present in a bread, cereal, cake or muffin?

First, antioxidants and vitamins. Whole grains are richer in Vitamin E, iron, fiber and magnesium than other grains. Why? Because most of the vitamins and antioxidants are packed in the bran and germ --- which you lose in processed grains.

Second, better health. Whole grains reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, cutting your chance of getting heart disease. If you have diabetes, whole grains regulate blood glucose; if you don't, as recent studies show, women can reduce the risk of diabetes by eating more whole grains. [...]

This is where King Arthur Flour comes in. In our house --- and many others --- it's the gold standard of whole grain purity, at every step of the process. The company was founded in 1790, after all. It's headquartered in Vermont. It's now employee-owned.

And the King Arthurites are not narrow-minded about whole grains --- they make a whole grain white flour. Let me say that again: whole grain white flour. That means you can make a cake or bread that looks exactly like the most poisonous product from the least conscious bakery in town. Your cakes and breads won't taste "funny." And you get all that whole grain goodness. (King Arthur flours are available in some supermarkets and in many health-minded groceries. Here's a store locator for King Arthur flour.)

My wife is a baker. She's not crazed --- not a single loaf of bread has been made in our oven, nor is that likely --- but every week or so, she and our daughter slip on their aprons and have a kitchen baking party. The cookbook she uses? King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains.

This is a brick of a book: 612 pages, 400 recipes, lots of color photographs and informative charts. But it thins out quickly. There are, for example, 175 pages of breads. Eliminate a few other categories, and the thing becomes quite manageable.



Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2010 12:24 PM
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