Sprouted grain products have recently begun to become more popular and gain more exposure. These under-appreciated products, which used to only be a raw foodie favorite, have now stepped out to other consumers as well.
So what are sprouted grains and why should I eat them?
Sprouted grains involve a process of soaking, draining, and rinsing at regular intervals until they germinate, or sprout (Wikipedia). The process of sprouting changes the composition of the grains and seeds in a way that provides so many benefits to our health.
*Increases the vitamin content
*Neutralizes phytic acid, a substance present in grains, that inhibits absorption of nutrients
*Breaks down the amino acid and protein bonds to promote digestibility of the whole grain
*Low glycemic index, so it doesn’t cause sugar spikes like many processed and refined flours
*Contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
The most well-known variety is the Ezekial line of products. You can buy breads, english muffins, tortillas, cereals, and pastas. The bread is generally my product of choice and I really enjoy it toasted, or grilled, on sandwiches. The taste is subjective, however, I really like the hearty, nutty flavor the sprouted grains bring to the bread. Who knew a flourless bread could taste so good?