White Flour and White Sugar – A Word of Caution from Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D.

Refined white sugar and white flour. Foods that contain them may taste yummy (such as cookies and cake), but they sure can zap your energy. Why is that? One reason is their ability to strip away your B vitamins. If you’ve been following our blog this month, you know that B vitamins are essential to healthy mood and energy levels. In this episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show, Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D. and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, calls out what he refers to as “make-believe food.” 

“This is one of the great 21st century deceptions of food,” warns Dr. Marshall. “White flour and white sugar are famous for stripping away your B vitamins and using them up. In fact, white flour and sugar foods were supposedly enriched with synthetic vitamins in the past because of the trouble they are known to cause.” B vitamins – such as B6, B2, PABA, and pantothenic acid - are all needed to make adrenaline in the body. These vitamins are also key players in the liver's detoxification of the food you eat, and for the brain to function ideally. 

B vitamins are also incredibly important for supporting a healthy mood. Dr. Marshall explains, “When I was in Germany where they have socialized medicine, I found that if you are struggling with mood, the doctors won’t pay for an expensive medical drug until you first try taking a B vitamin supplement to see its effect on your mood.” He points out that for a huge number – around 80% - of cases, B vitamins do the job. So it’s a good idea to take a B vitamin complex, preferably in the ready-to-use, better absorbed end-chain form of B vitamins. 

But wait, isn’t white flour and sugar enriched? Dr. Marshall warns that this includes undesirable, “rock” forms of iron, which he says “has really made a mess. Since 1940, when we began mandatory enrichment of white flour and white sugar with this nasty form of iron, a liver condition called hemochromatosis has increased 1,000 fold. This previously occurred in one person in 300,000. Now it’s one in 300!” 

Dr. Marshall urges you to not be fooled by the term “enrichment”, and to steer clear of foods with white flour and white sugar. He emphasizes: “It’s really not food. I call it 'make-believe' food, and when you eat it, the best you can hope for is 'make-believe' health.” So what is best? Consume foods made with whole grains (such as rice or millet) and for a sweet taste, use honey or organic maple syrup. Definitely read labels and kick out the white flour and sugar.  

Listen to the full episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show below to hear Dr. Marshall reveal more of his secrets about supporting mood and energy levels.