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Old 07-20-2018, 10:31 AM
 
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Can anyone tell how I would go about finding old-fashioned flour, made from wheat that hasn't been tinkered with?
I'm not "gluten free", but I've read different things that claim we're worse off health-wise with our modern bread, given what they've done to the wheat crop. So, I'd like to find some flour that hasn't been modernized, for lack of a better term.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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maybe look for spelt flour, it is an ancient wheat. I like it, I don't bake, but I do buy it in loaves or flatbreads, when I see it.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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The first thing to understand is that virtually all food crops have been hybridized. This means that farmers carefully cross-pollinate two different plants in hopes of creating varieties with desirable traits like larger fruits, seedlessness, sweetness, drought resistance, and so forth. Cross-pollination happens in nature all the time; all that farmers are doing is managing it to maintain the best traits and eliminate random and undesirable ones.

The second thing is that hybridization is not the same as GMO (genetically modified organisms), which have had their DNA "tinkered with" in a laboratory by splicing genes from totally unrelated species together. This could not happen in nature.

Third, only a few crops have GMO varieties and wheat is not one of them. So if you have read about dangers of GMO and are worried that wheat has been "contaminated" this way, it hasn't--yet.

I believe what you are looking for is an "heirloom" wheat, which was certainly hybridized at some point, but not recently. The most recent wheat varieties are higher in gluten. Heirloom wheat tends to be lower in gluten. If you are sensitive to gluten, this could make a difference; otherwise, there is nothing wrong with modern wheat.

I suggest that you google "where to buy heirloom wheat flour" to find suppliers.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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I gave up most grains on my keto diet.. and that includes breads...

there is one robin hood flour brand....some lady mentioned a while back …….try to google it
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Can anyone tell how I would go about finding old-fashioned flour, made from wheat that hasn't been tinkered with?
I'm not "gluten free", but I've read different things that claim we're worse off health-wise with our modern bread, given what they've done to the wheat crop. So, I'd like to find some flour that hasn't been modernized, for lack of a better term.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
There are some ancient grains such as spelt and emmer, and you can get them from specialized growers.

Hybridization is an old practice, and I don't know that hybrids have deleterious effects on people. I do not approve of GMO plants, but not because they do harm to those who consume them. I think GMO crops can escape into other plants, and affect diversity of plant genomes.

I recommend doing some more research about this to find out what you think, and to find out where to get the grains you might want to use for cooking. Ancient grains will not be cheap, just so you know.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Try Bob's Red Mill.

https://www.bobsredmill.com/shop.htm...SAAEgJ_HfD_BwE
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:20 AM
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Unbleached? I buy that.
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:35 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. I think "heirloom" wheat flour sounds like what I'm aiming to find.

I didn't know how to correctly verbalize what I wanted Google to find for me.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:20 PM
 
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Mmm. Honey wheat bread?
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:58 AM
 
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Mmm. Honey wheat bread?
Yes! I make a loaf every week. Just the one loaf because I'm the only one in the house who eats whole wheat bread. I use raw, local honey, too, and add some flax.
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