SOAKING and SPROUTING 101
Why should you soak?
How would you like to have a mini garden all year round in your house? You can by sprouting and, by so doing, eat the most nutritious food on the planet.
Picture a seed. It’s a treasure chest of nutrition, but many of them are locked up tight by anti-nutrients. To get at it, you have to find the right key. That key is to soak the seed as the rain would and germinate the dormant seed as the sun would so it starts to become a live plant. Anti-nutrients disappear like the wind as the seed changes into a tiny little plant. And this tiny plant contains huge nutritional value.
WHY SPROUTS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOU
Neutralizes Phytic Acid and Enzyme Inhibitors
Seeds contain phytic acid that binds with calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc, making it close to impossible for you to absorb those crucial nutrients. And phytic acid irritates your digestive system. By soaking and sprouting seeds, as well as grains, legumes and nuts you will neutralizes phytic acid. And you will remove the enzyme inhibitors that cover the seed and that your body needs for digestion. In this way you will not only be better able to digest the plant, you will also be able to assimilate more nutrients. This is crucial. It’s not what you digest, it’s what you assimilate!
Many of you may remember the classic scene in Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles in which the cowboys eat beans and then, in a loud chorus release gas in unison. Well, if they had soaked and sprouted the beans first, they wouldn’t have had problems with intestinal gas! Sprouting helps break down the complex sugars responsible for gas, making them easier for all of us to digest.
Boosts Nutritional Advantages
Soaking and then sprouting increases vitamin B, especially B2, B5, and B6, as well as vitamin C, and carotene, sometimes even eightfold.
Alkalizes the Body
Sprouting grains and legumes helps to make them into a more alkaline forming food. Why is this important? We need more alkaline food than acid food in our diet to maintain good health. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) contains too many acid forming foods in our diet, especially meat, though grains and legumes are thought to be acid forming as well. Only fruits and vegetables are alkalizing.
Some Safety Issues
When sprouting, sterilize jars first. Never eat sprouts that smell bad, or are slimy or moldy.
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