Mailbag! The Nasty Secret Hiding in Your Flour

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

You’ve got questions…

We’ve got answers!

Today, we are going to address a popular reader question — which is better for you, wheat flour or almond flour?

Join us today to discover how these two popular baking essentials compare nutritionally.

Let’s get started…

Dear Natalie,

I recently bought a Paleo cookbook that uses lots of almond flour for baked goods. I’m all for going low carb but am concerned that almond flour isn’t that good for me, since it isn’t enriched with vitamins and minerals like most wheat flours are. Do you know which one has more vitamins and minerals?


Julie L.

Excellent question, Julie.

To get the complete nutritional picture of these flours, you need to understand how they’re made.

Almond flour is made in one simple step — grinding blanched almonds into a powder.

Enriched wheat flour, on the other hand, requires several steps and a handful of nasty chemicals to make.

First, the bran and germ of the wheat seed are removed. These parts naturally contain fiber, B vitamins, minerals, protein and fat. However, they are separated from the grains so that the remaining part, the endosperm, can be ground into a fine powder.

Next, the wheat powder is bleached with chlorine or benzoyl peroxide (bet you didn’t know you were eating that) to give the flour a lighter color, which strips a majority of the remaining nutrients from the endosperm.

Then the manufacturers try to add some of the stripped-out nutrients, like B vitamins, folate and some minerals, back in chemically. Wheat flour is barely a natural product at all… it’s more like something created in a lab.

Additionally, some wheat flours contain the herbicide Roundup, which has been linked to cancer. This powerful chemical is often used to dry grains like wheat and can leave behind a residue, which could end up in your cupcakes.

One thing is clear here: Enriched flour is the product of excessive chemical processing, whereas almond flour is not.

So off the bat, almond flour is a better nutritional choice since it starts with a whole food, not processed with chemicals or stripped of its naturally occurring nutrients.

Even better, almonds are jampacked with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Cup for cup, almond flour has higher levels of vitamin E, vitamin B2, choline, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese than enriched wheat flour, with just a fraction of the carbs.

Enriched wheat flour does have higher levels of folate and vitamin B1 than almond flour, but those can easily be made up by simply eating fresh fruits and veggies.

After looking at the whole picture, almond flour is the clear winner if you want a nutritious, minimally processed, low-carb baking flour.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: – and click here to like us on Facebook.


[1] Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?

[2] Nuts, almonds, blanched Nutrition Facts & Calories

[3] Wheat flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached Nutrition Facts & Calories

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

EAR Test Protects Your BRAIN?

Hearing loss has a habit of sneaking up on folks. Typically, it happens so slowly that you don’t notice it until you’ve lost a SIGNIFICANT amount of hearing. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 8 percent of adults 55 to 64 have disabling hearing loss. That number jumps to 25 percent for people...

Read This

Missing "Lucky Penny" Mineral Harms Your Heart

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some nutrients get all the glory. There are the vitamin A-Listers like C, D, and E. And although minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium might be considered B-List stars, they ALSO get their fair share of attention. But one vital nutrient never gets to walk the red carpet. And that...

Read This

Risk of Stroke SURGES 50% Worldwide?!

It’s NOT good news. A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), confirmed that the chance of having a stroke has skyrocketed by a whopping 50 percent in the last twenty years. According to the WHO, that means your stroke risk is now about one in four. Next time you’re in a crowd, look...

Read This

Is Tofu GOOD for You? (The Truth REVEALED)

I often wonder why so many people are passionate about tofu. There’s something about it that triggers strong emotions. Some folks HATE it, while others LOVE it. But is it good for you? Well, it’s complicated. Tofu is a fermented soy product. It tastes bland alone. But it takes on the taste of whatever you...

Read This

Bizarre New Cell Phone Risk (Beware)

I sometimes joke with my (adult) kids. “Do you know,” I ask, “that the PHONE you carry around with you all the time can make phone calls?” They laugh and mumble, “Old,” under their breath. I swear the generations who grew up with a cell phone attached to their palm will do almost anything to...

Read This


“Got any natural treatments for COPD?” – Mike, Ann Arbor, MI Dear Mike, Unfortunately, COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, is a common condition. In fact, it’s now the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD causes the airways to constrict, making breathing difficult or uncomfortable. Persistent coughing, excess mucus production, wheezing,...

Read This

The COVID-Triggered Habit Harming Your Health

Boy, a LOT has changed in the last few years. COVID altered our lives in so many ways. I used to largely ignore hearing a cough or sneeze in public. But now they get my attention EVERY time. In fact, protecting myself from them has a side benefit. I’ve dodged many of the other sniffle-and-...

Read This

Fruit-Aisle Secret to Better Heart and Brain Health

Aging often gets a bad rap. But there are a bunch of advantages to getting older (and wiser). And honestly, it sure beats the heck out of the alternative. But we can all agree that getting older has one BIG drawback… Over the years, you start to collect illnesses. First, it could be your blood...

Read This

Knock Out Severe Knee Pain NATURALLY

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, You might know the old saying, “Walk a mile in his shoes.” Well, it’s a perfect fit when talking about knee pain. Except it might be more accurate to say, “Limp a mile.” Because all too often, when you tell someone you suffer from chronic knee pain, they blow you...

Read This

"Bright Idea" Battles Dementia WITHOUT Drugs

Mainstream medicine giving the thumbs up to a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for ANYTHING is like spotting a unicorn. But that’s precisely what’s happened with dementia. You probably already know how poor the options are for treating this disease. Heck, even the MOST enthusiastic supporter of drug therapies will admit the existing Alzheimer’s meds are a...

Read This