by Elizabeth Gilhuly, Contributor, Health Lifestyle Coach
What is a "sprouted grain?" The Whole Grains Council describes this well. Essentially, all grains are seeds and, in the right environment, they will begin to transform. By soaking seeds, we unlock their nutrition and disable their protective mechanisms--the part which is not good for us.
How do you know unsprouted grains are not good for us? The Weston A Price Foundation, promoting the extensive research done by Dr. Weston Price, and traditional food preparation practices discusses this...
"Grains require careful preparation because they contain a number of antinutrients that can cause serious health problems. Phytic acid, for example, is an organic acid in which phosphorus is bound. It is mostly found in the bran or outer hull of seeds. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in improperly prepared whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss." - Weston A Price Foundation, Be Kind to Your Grains...And Your Grains Will Be Kind to You
Preparation of grains is seemingly pretty important for proper digestion but, "Where will I find the time?!" you ask?
I know... In a day and time where we are all so busy and pressed for time, this may seem daunting, but fortunately many commercial producers are now bringing us sprouted products. You can purchase ready-made sprouted flours, cereals, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, etc. Take a look for them next time you're at the supermarket!
What about gluten-free? Will you become nutrient deficient eating that special grain diet?
Dr. Osborne talks scientific facts about grains that might surprise you. Did you know, in 1947 the government banned sale of grains/wheat unless they were fortified because the grain's natural state causes vitamin B deficiency. And grains cause hormone disruption? What?!
WOW. So how did "the healthy whole grain diet" even make it out of the starting gate? --The USDA food guidelines don't discuss this! The Harvard School of Public Health touches upon something as they compare their Healthy Eating Plate vs. the USDA's MyPlate:
"The Healthy Eating Plate is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists." - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
We are each responsible for our own health, in our own kitchens. It's important to take time to prepare your food, and prepare it with love <3.
Ready to learn How to Sprout Grains yourself?
Have a look at this easy step-by-step how-to by The Nourished Kitchen: http://NourishedKitchen.com/Sprouted-Grain