In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products. Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago. Some of the things I buy are products or foods that people purchased regularly just a few generations ago, but not today. If you’re new to natural living or real food, this series will help you to better understand the benefits of certain foods or products that may be unfamiliar to you.
Why I Buy Sprouted Flour
Did you know that wheat is a controversial food? Between the total wheat-abstaining paleo folks and the properly-prepared-wheat Weston A Price devotees, there are a lot of opinions about why conventional wheat might be destroying your health! If you’d like to find out more about why some people exclude wheat from their diet, I strong suggest reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. If you have decided that wheat can be a part of a healthy diet, read on to find out more about one traditional method of preparing wheat for consumption.
The traditional foods diet places emphasis on properly preparing wheat before eating it. Our ancestors knew that it was important to sour, soak or sprout wheat to make it more easily digested by the human body. While souring and soaking are done to wheat after it has been ground, sprouting is a method that is used on wheat berries before grinding them into flour.
See, wheat contains a substance called phytic acid. Phytic acid resides in the bran portion of grains. In our digestive systems, phytic acid inhibits the absorption of important minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, etc. Fortunately when wheat berries are sprouted the phytic acid in them is neutralized. Sprouting also neutralizes aflatoxins found in grains. (Aflatoxins are carcinogenic and are found in grains and legumes.) In addition, sprouting increases the Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Carotene content in the wheat berries. The process of sprouting wheat berries transforms wheat from a potentially difficult-to-digest, possible harmful food into a gentle, vitamin rich food. (source)
Sprouting wheat berries is a simple project, but can take a day or two. Grinding wheat yourself is possible with the right equipment, as well. If you are interested in sprouting and grinding your own wheat, check out my post that outlines the steps for sprouting wheat berries.
If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can purchase sprouted wheat flour here!