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08-09-2008, 08:33 AM
I have some questions regarding grains-they only way we eat them is sprouted? can you soak them and eat them? I have not really dealt with them yet eating as a raw vegan.
Then everyone in the sad world around me thinks grains are wonderfully good for you. Does anyone know why they are bad for you. I have tried to do some research and have not come up with a lot. I hope this is ok to ask because I know this is a board regarding vegan raw food. Thanks.
08-09-2008, 09:36 AM
Yes, grains are good for you!
In general the way raw vegans eat them is sprouted. This activates the enzymes in the grain before you eat them. If it doesn't sprout, the grain has been refined, sometimes polished, sometimes roasted, and then it is dead and will not sprout. So try to buy grains in their pure form that will sprout.
there is a ton of info out there about grains being very bad for human digestion etc. one must decide for one's self through research and experimentation though sprouting is certainly a healthier way to ingest them.
08-11-2008, 06:18 AM
No, grains are not bad for you (provided they're raw and sprouted).
I wrote an article on why raw, sprouted wheat shouldn't be blamed for the failings of its cooked counterpart.
It's here. (http://debbietookrawforlife.blogspot.com/2008/04/wheat-part-i-give-raw-sprouted-wheat.html)
well, we all have our own opinions about this. i don't believe grains are health giving in any form. even if i hadn't read enough about grains to believe that they aren't great for you, there is a definate taste reaction for me that reaffirms this. try a handful of sprouted grains on their own and you'll see what i mean. disgusting! not so nice in the belly either.
08-11-2008, 12:40 PM
I have read in a few places that grains need to be sprouted and cooked to remove all the enzyme inhibitors.
08-11-2008, 02:10 PM
I suspect how different people feel about grains has a lot to do with how personally gluten intolerant they are. I love homemade sourdough bread, but all breads make me feel gross. I tried sprouting a number of grains after reading a bunch of recipes in Raw Food and other books, proving that several well-known raw food chefs use sprouted grains. I don't like any of them. I can't seem to digest them. So no grains for me, unless I give quinoa another try and decide I like it. (Didn't the first time.)
I do sprout buckwheat, but it's a seed rather than a grain. And I like it.
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