"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Health, Nutrition and Special Diets
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-27-2009, 06:55 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2
What's in enriched wheat flour?

I am allergic to barley. I know that enriched flour is processed then vitamins and minerals are added back in. My question is whether or not there is BARLEY flour in it too? some ingredient lists do not include it when enriched wheat flour is the first ingredient, however, when I have called and asked specifically, there is barley flour in the enriched too.


JenniferW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2009, 07:09 AM   #2
Executive Chef
justplainbill's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,206
Sounds like you need to acquire a taste for flours made from grains like whole wheat, durum, and rye. Do you also have a problem with beer?

justplainbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2009, 10:43 PM   #3
Master Chef
Michael in FtW's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 6,592
The nutrients added back to "enrich" flour are iron, and four of the B vitamins -- Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin, and folic acid. Unfortunately, it appears that malted barley flour is one of the things they use to do that.

Barley flour in prepared breads is a little easer to spot - All ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance by weight, and a complete listing of sub-ingredients. Example of a sub-ingredient: Flour (bleached wheat flour, malt barley, flour, niacin, iron, potassium thiamine, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin).

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
Michael in FtW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2009, 03:43 AM   #4
Senior Cook
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Not where you live
Posts: 197
Other options

Folks who have a problem with wheat are sometimes also gluten intolerant. It means all the cakes, donuts and other things we like will kill us

Read labels - even in health food stores. "No Gluten" = wheat free.

Other flours are rye, oat, corn, rice and graham. A grist mill like the one in Rogers, Arkansas can grind pure flour with no additives, colorants, or bleach from the natural grain. The question is whether or not there will be trace amounts of wheat flour. They can and will tell you in advance.

I cannot post a URL. Open Google. Put "Arkansas and War Eagle Mil" - without the quotes - in the search box. Press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard.

PS: Natural wheat flour is brown. It is bleached to provide the white color and then the vitamins, etc.. are added for long shelf life and other reasons.

The same thing can be said for sugar. Pure cane sugar is bleached white Molasses is added to sell you brown sugar. Buy a bottle of Brer Rabbit and make your own. Do not use sorghum.
linicx is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:49 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.