People blame whole grains for being the cause of their weight gain and health problems, but the truth of the matter is that this group of carbohydrates is a powerful health promoter. Before we dive any further into that, let me explain what a whole grain is.
Whole grain is a grain in which all the components remain intact (the bran, the germ and the endosperm). When you’re grocery shopping, make sure to look for the following words: whole, rolled, stone ground, sprouted and cracked. This means that grain hasn’t been messed with too much and the nutrients remain intact
Now, some diets (Whole 30) believe grains are a no no because of their pyhtate content aka an ant-nutrient since it binds to minerals and prevents their absorption. However, if you take the extra step of soaking the grains over night, the pyhtic acid is neutralized. Another benefit of soaking is that it deactivates enzyme inhibitors, thus making nutrients in grains, nuts and seeds more easily digestible.
I know it might seem like a pain in the butt to think so far ahead, but once you get in the rhythm – say soaking your grains on Saturday night, then preparing them the next day for the week ahead, you will be amazed how much better you feel. Enjoy!
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- 1 cup grain
- 2 tablespoon of an acid
- warm water - the same amount you would need to cook that particular grain
- Put all the ingredients into a pot you plan to use to cook the grain, and let soak for a minimum of 7 hours and up to 24 hours. Then proceed to cook as usual, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface, as it can contain released impurities.