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01-06-2007, 10:14 AM
does it become a vegetable? I am finding I really like sprouted grains but I don't want to be eating too many grain starches. I know this is a possible no brainer but I do not fully comprehend the grain metamorphasis.
01-06-2007, 11:08 AM
I don't know if grains turn into a veggie when sprouted...I have been trying to find that one out myself! It seems like they either change or turn into a veggie because they are growing.
I would like to know too!
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01-06-2007, 11:10 AM
Interesting question. My first thought is, no, a grain is a grain. Then again, I'm thinking, hmmm. Well, can't see grains "turning into" vegetables yet, sprouting does change the molecular structure of the plant to make it more digestible. IF you plant a sprout, you're going to get whatever you've planted ~ vegetables get vegetables; grains, yield grains.
I don't know if this help yet, methinks soaking grains before sprouting is what will remove much of the starchiness.
Anyone else have insights on this?
01-06-2007, 12:32 PM
The seed contains food for the baby plant until it is viable enough to obtain its own food. So my conclusion would be that the longer it sprouts the more vegetable it is. If you eat it as soon as it shows signs of sprouting you are getting more of the grain starch. Am I being logical here?
01-06-2007, 02:56 PM
I don't know if you are actually being logical but it sounds logical and I love seeing the gears in your brains turning!! I still haven't found anything yet. I am goint to re-read the sprouting section in Alissa's book tonight, after kids go to sleep. I'll tell you what I find. Thanks for helping me figure this one out, though!
01-06-2007, 03:11 PM
Once it sprouts it's a plant. While the seed still holds storage nutrients, both the seed and the nutrients are completely transformed from what they were prior to germination. If the sprout dries out, the plant and the remainder of the seed will die. If you wet it again it will not resume growing but only rot. It has become a plant.
01-07-2007, 12:42 AM
I've always consdered grains, plants. So, nothing's really changed.
01-07-2007, 10:23 AM
From what I reread in Alissa's book sprouting makes all the nutrients much more bioavailable. So still not a definitive answer. So, next query: If I am trying to lose some weight, which I am, should I be eating less sprouted grains along with less nuts and oils and dried fruits or are sprouts ok for weight loss. Is, say alfalfa better than buckwheat or rye? (I really love Alissa's bagels!!!!!!!!!!)
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