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untoasted wheat germ? Thank you.
07-15-2005, 09:57 AM
I guess it depends on why you'd want to eat it. Most raw people who eat grains sprout them first, and you wouldn't be able to sprout wheat germ. Is there a health benefit you're hoping to get from it? If so, maybe untoasted wheat germ isn't the best way to get it. Or is it the taste, something you're craving?
I like it and it has a lot of nutrients in it - including selenium and magnesium and some others too. It has that in common with food stuffs like maca. Just a nice consolidated form of nutrients. It would be nice to add to pie crusts But I haven't seen it in any of the raw cookbooks. Now, I'm very new to this and I'm transitioning from a healthy (70% fruit and veg) diet to raw and vegan, so I'm still looking for answers. I may not have seen enough cookbooks maybe.
07-15-2005, 03:06 PM
Wheat germ comes from milling wheat -- in other words, it's a byproduct of wheat being "cut up" to get rid of the brown part so it's on its way to being white wheat flour. The germ is one of the healthier parts of wheat. When I was a cooked food vegetarian, I used wheat germ a lot, adding it to cereals and atop yogurt, etc. However, it isn't a whole food and, since it's a result of wheat being processed, it's processed itself.
When you're eating 100% raw, you don't need to "supplement" your nutritional intake by adding things like this. You don't need to eat grains at all, and, you especially don't want to eat "fractionated" foods.
City, I hope I'm not being repetititive, but ... Alissa's book lists exactly what you can eat on a raw diet. If you look at that and eat only those things, you won't need to keep wondering about these types of foods.
Thanks, rawtruth. Alissa's book is on order but I can't control the speed of snail mail!!!! :mad:
So, you eat NO grain? Not even soaked whole oat groats or soaked wild rice? I find that the replacements all have a lot of fat - like nuts and seeds. I don't feel well when I eat a lot of fat.
You can eat raw oat groats. Many on the board have a grain flaker which will turn these into flaked oatmeal which you then soak for cereal. On Aliss'as products page she is now carrying raw oat groats that have already been flaked, plus a couple of other raw cereals. Do a search with the banana button to find the posts on the oat flaker. I can't remember offhand who the company was tha carried them.
I've never looked into the soaked wild rice, so can't help you there.
Hey, I figured while I was ordering the book, I'd order the oats from Alissa as well (that's why I was kinda confused by what Rawtruth said). I can't wait. I love oats. I used to make a muesli out of scottish oats soaked in Kefir over night with every fruit I could find thrown in.
07-16-2005, 12:29 PM
<<So, you eat NO grain? Not even soaked whole oat groats or soaked wild rice?>>
I eat no grain (except when I cheat and have sushi). I don't trust my health food store's stock to be living and it's not important enough to me to order it online. I guess if I had a strong craving, I'd seek out raw oats or something.
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