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Flour Many people do not realize the importance of flour to many of the foods we eat It seems so common and abundant However Flour is one of the most important ingredients in baking Another thing many people do not realize is that there are many different types of flour The difference between the types of flour is often that they are made from different parts of the kernel To truly understand how flour is made you must first understand the wheat kernel and its parts There are three main parts of the wheat kernel otherwise known as the wheat berry The bran is the hard outer shell of the kernel that is used as protection from the weather and other elements of danger that it may encounter The reason that bran is removed before the wheat it milled into flour it due to its sharp edges These sharp edges would cut through the gluten and would result in bread that simply is not going to rise properly However the bran is an extremely good source of fiber and it contains the majority of the minerals that can be found in wheat so it wouldnt be that bad of an idea of adding wheat bran in yourself to bread that doesnt rise or in other foods Next comes the germ This is the part of the plant that if it were to be planted would grow into another plant This part of the plant is also nutritious it is high in protein and a multitude of B vitamins and in addition to this it is also quite tasty Nonetheless this is also removed from the wheat berry because it has a high fat content This fact means that it will turn the flour rotten before too long so in the necessity of being able to make flour keep longer it is removed Last to be mentioned it the endosperm This part of the
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