Do We Really Need to Soak Our Grains?
Not long ago, Katie asked the question, “Is Soaking Grains Traditional?” Others have asked, “Is phytic acid sometimes beneficial?”
(If you’re wondering what phytic acid or ‘soaking grains’ is check out my post on the topic: Soaked grains and “properly prepared grains“.)
So I thought I’d throw out a few different “takes” on the topic for you to check out and hopefully you’ll add some comments to the discussion and we’ll see where we get. 🙂
Jenny answers many questions in her recent post:
If you've ever wondered if you need to rinse grains after soaking, or if you need to soak almond flour, or how to find the time to do it all, check out this post which answers the top five reader questions related to soaking grain: Soaking grains, nuts, beans and legumes.”
Shannon from Nourishing Days also wrote a great post about phytic acid not long ago:
While I do not doubt that phytic acid could be used beneficially in some specific circumstances, it is clear that daily consumption leads to mineral loss. Furthermore I am disheartened by the lack of knowledge of phytic acid in the general community. I came across many articles in big name journals which I suspect those who write up dietary recommendations for the government would have access to. Clearly their interests do not lie in the health of the general public.”
More about soaking or sprouting grains:
Animals that nourish themselves primarily on grain and other plant matter have as many as four stomachs. Their intestines are longer, as is the entire digestion transit time. Man, on the other hand, has but one stomach and a much shorter intestine compared to herbivorous animals. These features of his anatomy allow him to pass animal products before they putrefy in the gut but make him less well adapted to a diet high in grains—unless, of course, he prepares them properly. When grains are properly prepared through soaking, sprouting or sour leavening, the friendly bacteria of the microscopic world do some of our digesting for us in a container, just as these same lactobacilli do their work in the first and second stomachs of the herbivores.” (Be kind to your grains and they'll be kind to you.)
- Here's another interesting article on phytic acid
- Now check out what Amanda at Rebuild From Depression has to say on this, and then comment below with you thoughts!
So what do YOU think? DO we really need to soak our grains?
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