Sunday, 19 November 2017    HomeAbout UsContact Us    









You are here: Home Nutrition


Soak Your Grains for Maximum Benefit
Posted by SoundHealth, in Nutrition
Topics: Grain Rice Barley Wheat Oats

  Mail To Friend    Printer Friendly Bookmark and Share

Whole grains like brown rice or rolled oats contain more fiber and nutrients than refined, processed grains so it makes sense to eat more of them.

However, grains require careful preparation because they contain a number of antinutrients that can cause health problems. One of these is phytic acid, an organic acid that binds to phosphorus, and is mostly found in the bran or outer hull of seeds. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in improperly prepared whole grains may lead to mineral deficiencies, bone loss and digestive problems.

Whole grains also contain enzyme inhibitors which can prevent proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Most of these antinutrients are part of the grain's natural system of preservation, there to prevent sprouting until the conditions are right. Plants need moisture, warmth, time and slight acidity in order to sprout.

Soaking grains is a vital step because it activates the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors present in them, neutralizing and breaking them down until they are no longer harmful. As grains soak, their vitamin content increases, especially the B vitamins, and soaking them makes nutrients easier to digest and absorb. Also, tannins, complex sugars, gluten and other difficult-to-digest substances are partially broken down into simpler components that are more readily available for absorption.

Tips For Soaking Grains

  • Try to soak your grains for at least a few hours or overnight in warm water. Making the water slightly acidic, by adding vinegar for example, is thought to speed up the process, but is not essential.

  • As an added benefit, soaked grains tend to cook much faster than grains that have not been soaked. Soaking also removes some of the hard, chewy texture of whole grains to make them easier to eat, and lighter in texture.

  • Another way to prepare whole grains is by sprouting them, as they are in their pure and whole form, which is why refined grains cant be sprouted.


Link to this article:   Show: HTML LinkFull LinkShort Link
Share or Bookmark this page: You will need to have an account with the selected service in order to post links or bookmark this page.

                 
  
Subscribe via RSS or email:
Follow us through RSS or email. Click the RSS icon to subscribe to our feed.

     
  

Related Articles:
Add a Comment
You must be registered and logged in to comment.





Visit Vaccines.Me for information and education on vaccination.


Latest Articles
Some Notes of Advice on Health, Disease and 'Medicine'
Cooking With Vegetable Oils Releases Toxic Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Say Experts
Cancer Simplified: Part 5 - The Initiators and Promoters of Cancer
Cancer Simplified: Part 4 - The Immune System's In-Built Anti-Cancer Mechanism
Cancer Simplified: Part 3 - Cancer Is Simply a Failure of the Immune System
Cancer Simplified: Part 2 - An Analogy for Different Perceptions About Treatment of Cancer
Cancer Simplified: Part 1 - What Is Cancer and How Does It Develop?
Honey and Anti-Biotic Resistance: A New Approach!
On the Rejection of Hijaamah by the Physicians (Shaykh Muhammad Bin Ibraaheem Aal Al-Shaykh)
How to Limit Efffects of Bisphenol-A Upon Children

Pages
No pages found.

Most Popular
Garlic, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar: Must Have Excellent Home Remedy
How To Eat Fruit Properly
Rocket: A Spicy Salad Leaf With Potent Health Benefits
Ibn al-Qayyim: Henna Has Many Benefits from Treating Headaches to Burns
Why We Need Protein in our Diets
Five Superfoods You Should Be Eating Everyday
Talbina: Relaxation For the Heart of the Sick Person
Deodorant And Anti-Perspirant Dangers - Do You Know What You're Putting Under Your Armpits?
The Different Kinds Of Exercises Your Body Needs
What Foods Are Good For Your Eyesight?

Archives (View more)
2016 • January
2015 • November
2014 • March
2014 • February
2013 • October
2012 • October
2012 • August
2012 • January
2011 • December
2011 • November
2011 • October
2011 • September


Copyright © 2017 . All rights reserved. RSSTagsPrivacyLegal and Terms of Use Learnarabic.Com