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08-08-2008, 12:42 PM
What are your thoughts on sprouted beans and grains? I used to eat them (more beans than grains), but didn't like the taste of quinoa or amaranth. The beans didn't seem to taste all that great either. Recently, I have read that, even when sprouting, beans and grains still have enzyme inhibitors that aren't really removed without sprouting and cooking (lightly steaming). I am wondering how necessary these foods are for a healthy diet. Any thoughts?
08-08-2008, 01:16 PM
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08-09-2008, 01:51 PM
Thanks PTTM -
I was more wondering about whether people feel that they are 1) necessary, and 2) health-giving or non-beneficial.
Would love to hear any thoughts.
08-09-2008, 06:41 PM
I don't like the taste of most raw bean sprouts, but I will sometimes eat soaked (and cooked....I'm not 100% raw...) grains. There are many nutrients in whole grains that could potentially be lacking if one cuts whole grains from the diet, raw OR cooked. Not saying a deficiency WILL develop, but by eliminating grains, you do run that risk.
Cooked grains have been a part of most human diets for thousands of years. At this point in our evolution, most nutritionists agree that the nutrients found in such foods are in fact essential.
I also can't stand sprouted quinoa. I prefer it boiled, I must admit.
08-09-2008, 08:02 PM
I don't include sprouted legumes in my diet, and very rarely eat sprouted grains.
I went through a phase where I was making little burgers out of sprouted buckwheat and sprouted brown rice (processed with veggies, yum), my digestion became even worse and more painful then it already is. I have sprouted quinoa and made tabbouleh with it and had no digestive pain, but it did kind of freak me out when I seemed to be passing it for many, many days after ingestion (yes, I am a poop watcher)....
SO for me, I choose not to eat grains or legumes at this time. I do include sprouted seeds in nuts in my diet, though....
I think that there are many other sources for vitamins and minerals and that one does not have to include these foods in order to be healthy. There are actually quite a few articles out there to support the idea that grains are not the best foods for human consumption, but many of them are based on blood type, and certainly are not raw vegan diet-oriented...Perhaps this issue is best left to individual intuition and experience
08-09-2008, 10:01 PM
I find the sprouted legumes hard to digest. As for grains, I'm a recovering grain addict and I don't dare try them yet, even sprouted. I may try buckwheat as it is not a true grain. If I need something substantial to eat, I use some sprouted almonds, as well as chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds.
08-09-2008, 10:43 PM
I absolutely love sprouted chickpeas and will be trying sprouted lentils next. Everyone's different and you should try sprouting things and see what works for you. :) Legumes have many health benefits, and they're multiplied exponentially when they're sprouted. Try 'em and see if it works out...
08-10-2008, 06:33 AM
I can't digest sprouted grains/seeds unless they are blended. Otherwise they just pass right through me ;) .
They are just too tough for me to chew.
I only enjoy them occasionally (blended, of course) and I experience really good health. I don't think they are necessary. However, they are nice for adding more variety to my diet.
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