Benefits of Sprouted Grains
I have learned some simple basic things since starting Original Intention. For one, eating is meant to evolve with your body and from learning what your body needs to function at it's best. What does that personally mean to me? After years of not eating grains, I have learned that my body actually needs them. But not just any grains, only sprouted grains. So what's the big deal with grains vs sprouted grains, you ask? They are totally different. Sprouted grains are a living food.
SOME KEY BENEFITS TO SPROUTED GRAINS:
They're lower in carbs.
Turns out that the starchy carbs in the endosperm are converted into energy for the germ to form the sprout, so the resulting sprouted grain has a higher ratio of protein to carbs.
Sprouted grains are easier to digest.
The enzyme activity of sprouted grains helps to transform the endosperm's starchy carbs into smaller, simpler components that are more easily digested.
Greater concentration of nutrients.
Sprouting has been shown to increase the concentration of a grain's key nutrients, including protein, fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin C, and folate.
Better absorption of nutrients.
Not only does the concentration of certain nutrients increase, these nutrients tend to be more bio-accessible in sprouted grains, meaning that they're easier for our bodies to absorb and use. One study, for example, found that iron was three times more bio-accessible in a sprouted grain, compared to the regular, unsprouted grain.
Improved blood sugar control.
Preliminary research suggests that sprouted grains may improve blood sugar levels. One study, for example, saw a correlation between sprouted brown rice and improved fasting blood glucose levels. Another study found that sprouted wheat bread has a milder effect on glucose and insulin levels than other types of bread, including multigrain bread.
So after my research, I bought some sprouted oatmeal. In just one day I noticed a difference in my energy, my eyesight changed and I just felt overall different in a great way. Who would have thought!
So now, I get to have an oatmeal cookie for dessert! Diet? What diet? I eat to live, not live to eat.