Sunday, September 23, 2012

Back in Time Means Back to Healthy

As I visited with my relatives in Pennsylvania this week, my favorite conversation was about food. Shocking I know.  My aunt heard me discuss with my cousin that I believe the healthiest practice of eating is to eat food in it's pre-industrial revolution state.  That may sound a bit strange, however eating food the way it was 200 years is in some ways just healthier.

Take wheat for example.  Back in the days before the combine harvester was invented, wheat was left to sprout in the field before harvesting it.  By taking out this one step we have lost a great deal.

Sprouted Grains Are:

  • Easier to Digest- (Do you know anyone who has trouble digesting grains?) Sprouting breaks down the starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them like a vegetable (like a tomato not a potato)
  • Increased Vitamin C- Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B- Sprouting increases vitamin B content (B2, B5 and B6).
  • Increased Carotene- Sprouting increases the carotene up to 8 times.
  • Increased Enzymes- These are actually produced during sprouting.
  • Reduction of Anti-nutrients- Sprouting neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, which is a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc. (source)
  • Lower in carbs and higher in protein.

If you want to switch to sprouted grain breads there are a lot of options out there.  For those who are really ambitious and want to save money you can buy your own flour and make your own bread products.  To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company sells a variety of organic, sprouted grain flours.  For recipes made from scratch for bread, tortillas and more check out

Then there are those of us who aren't there yet, or don't have the time to bake bread.  Sprouted grain breads are regularly available at health food stores, Trader Joe's and some grocery stores.  I don't know about you but I get tired of those pasty bread, nearly flavorless sandwiches.  I like the Trader Joes' 7 grain version, and my son likes the rye one.  Lightly toasted with mayonnaise, turkey and cucumber (and maybe some raw milk cheese :) it makes a seriously tasty, and nutrition packed sandwich!  A 1 lb. loaf is about $3.29 at TJ's.

For breakfast, lunch or a snack try Ezekiel bread.  The combination of grains makes for a rare blend of all 9 essential amino acids.  The protein quality is so high that it closely parallels that of eggs and milk.  Ezekiel breads are frequently available in the freezer section of many a grocery store (like Target where the 1 1/2 lb loaf is about $4.39).  The raisin bread is really good, especially toasted, then topped with butter, coconut oil, or peanutbutter.  Even the kids should like it.  ;)

Extra bonus to these breads is that a smaller amount tends to makes you feel fuller, so you and the kids don't have to eat as many slices to feel full.

If you'd like to check out the further benefits of pre-industrialized food, eat organic, GMO free food, and check out these articles on how to choose healthy meatseggs, and oils

I'd love to hear your comments and questions!

(Pictures will be added soon.  My camera isn't working tonight.)

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