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Whole Wheat by Paramhansa Yogananda

Whole wheat contains a great many of the elements, both minerals and vitamins, necessary to the perfect health and well-being of the body. It contains potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, silica, sulphur, and chlorine of the minerals. It is rich in vitamins also, containing A,B, G, and E.

In the process of milling and refining into white flour and prepared cereals, most of these health essentials are removed and thrown away and you buy the devitalized product.

In previous lessons the importance of including all of the vitamins in the daily diet has been stressed. The minerals are still being discussed in Inner Culture Magazine.

With all of this up-to-date information from the research laboratories of modern doctors and nutritional chemists, there is no excuse for any sane and intelligent person killing himself or dragging about half alive due to the consumption of devitalized or wrongly selected food.

As for whole wheat – it is possible to buy 100% whole wheat bread if you insist on 100%, whole wheat macaroni and other products. It is also possible to secure freshly ground whole wheat – ground to any degree of fineness from coarse cereal to pastry flour – at your health food store. Certainly it is worthwhile even if you do have to go a little out of your way to find such a store. There is hardly a city of any size which does not have its health food store these days.

However, if you can’t find one, buy your whole wheat and grind it in the family coffee grinder. You can make delicious cereal this way.

Do not be satisfied with the old so-called whole wheat flour which has been standing around on the grocer’s shelves for months. The heart or germ has been removed from this to make it keep longer. It will pay you to find a place where you can get all of your grains freshly ground. This includes rye, barley, and corn, as well as wheat.

Praecepta Lessons, Volume 3 (1938): Praeceptum #70