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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Most people are aware that refined white flour is maybe not the best for you. Actually, consuming refined products should not be called "empty calories", as it is often referred to, but "negative calories", since they actually put a strain on your immune system while offering nothing in return. The bleaches and chemicals used to make white flour leave it skeletonized of nutrients, with residues of chemicals left in the flour that your body must then filter out.

However, many people are NOT aware that whole grains also present problems unless properly prepared.

Whole grains contain something called phytates. Phytates bind with calcium and other minerals in the digestive tract, and actually BLOCK your body from absorbing nutrients. However, in the sprouting process, phytates are neutralized.

Nearly all sprouts are beneficial, except alphalpha, which is toxic to humans.

To neutralize the phytates in whole wheat or other whole grain flour, soak it in kefir or a mixture of whey and water for at least 7 hours.

To make sprouted hot cereal for 4, place 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats in 2 cups of filtered water with 1 tbsp. of kefir, whey, or plain yogurt with active cultures for at least 7 hours or overnight. In the morning, add an additional 2 cups filtered water, and 1/2 tsp. of Celtic sea salt. (Why Celtic? It contains the minerals that otherwise get stripped out during the refining and packaging processes.) Boil to desired consistency, and serve with honey, maple syrup, crispy nuts, raisins, or toppers of your choice.

It is worth the effort and the price to seek out sprouted-grain bread and other flour products, or to learn to make your own.

Bon appetit!

Edit: For further explanation on why alphalpha (alfalfa) sprouts should be avoided, please see this post.

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