Incredible article about processed foods! Just sickening how we are getting diseases and cancers all in the name of big business. I had no idea shreaded wheat isn’t really a truly healthy food. It’s healthier than Cocoa Puffs, but we can do better.
Question - I don’t have time to heavily research this, so could you post an explaination about what the difference is between sprouted grains and regular grains? And, of course, why sprouted is healthier?
THANKS! I really appreciate you sharing these resources!
I’m glad you enjoyed the article, and its always my pleasure to share this information with everyone. People really need to be awakened to the fact that the conventional nutritional establishment is primarily beholden to the interests of the food processing industry. You need to keep your eyes open and spread the word. Knowledge is power.
I get angry enough when I see fellow citizens munching on some American Heart Association-endorsed snack thinking theyre doing something good for themselves, when in reality theyre being played as suckers for the food companies. But what gets me particularly steamed is when I see natural bodybuilders and other strength-training enthusiasts who demonstrate exemplary discipline, commitment and sacrifice in everything they do fall prey to this disinformation. It really bothers me to witness such people who go out of their way, going to great lengths to do whats best for their bodies unknowingly compromise the results they well-deserve, or worse-their health, because they were confidently following the conventional wisdom.
Certain foods that we have been indoctrinated to regard as proverbially ?healthy? (as shredded wheat for example, as you mentioned) are in truth nothing but cheap processed garbage that through slick marketing campaigns and heavy promotion by agencies like the American heart Association ensures steep profit margins for the food giants at the expense of unwitting consumers health. (Notice the little AHA heart healthy symbols emblazoned on the next box of ?healthy whole grain cereal? you see in the supermarket. Hey it must be healthy if the American Heart Association is promoting it right? Right.)
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In regard to your questions: Unless Im misunderstanding you, (?what the difference is between sprouted grains and regular grains??) the difference is not in the grains themselves but the preparation method–there is no such thing as regular grains, but I presume what you might mean by regular is unsprouted? in which case, as I explained in the previous post above, sprouting, or simply soaking enhances the digestibility and nutritional value of the grain by helping neutralize phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors. Historically speaking all traditional societies wisely observed this practice and up to a few decades ago, a recommendation for subjecting oats to an overnight soaking prior to cooking was featured on containers. Here is some more info about the process:
And yes, old fashioned rolled oats are acceptable although you may wish to try oat groats (the whole oat grain) see arrowhead mills:
As far as not having the time to soak the oats, just keep in mind that its a relatively simple matter-put whatever amount you are to cook into a bowl of water, squeeze a bit of lemon juice in it and let it sit overnight. In fact, one of the merits of the soaking practice is that the grains actually cook FASTER after soaking, as you will find out yourself.