Nourishing Traditions Book Review: Part IX – Sprouted Grains, Nuts & Seeds

Ready for another dose? This was a super short chapter and something I’m not going to be introducing anytime soon. I totally agree with it and found it fascinating, but since we are off grains currently we won’t be sprouting them at the moment. However, I am interested in giving it a try once we start introducing them once again.

I have not tried sprouting seeds or nuts yet either. I have done lentils and it worked great!

According to Fallon, the Chinese are credited with the origination of sprouting. They have done seeds for many years. Thousands of years!

There are so many benefits to sprouting seeds, grains and nuts. Not only does it produce vitamin C, but it also increases vitamin B and carotene. More importantly than what it produces is the effect that it has on the seed and our digestion. During the sprouting process phytic acid is neutralized which makes digestion simpler and easier on our bodies. It also speeds the breakdown in our body and allows more of the vitamins to be adsorbed. If phytic acid isn’t neutralized then it inhibits the adsorption of calcium, magnesium, iron , copper and zinc.

Needed enzymes for digestion are also produced and aflatoxins are neutralized as well, which are potent carcinogens. Enzyme inhibitors are also neutralized and complex sugars are broken down.

The concept is pretty simple! Place grains or seed into wide mouth glass quart sized jar, rinse well with water and cover with a screen over the top and secure. Depending on the seed it will have sprouted in a few hours to a few days!

Not only is this beneficial to health, but it is also a great project for kids! I love having simple chores that they can do (like rinsing seeds and monitoring for the arrival of sprouts)! Not on only do they learn responsibility, hard work, and the need contribute to family life, but it is also a great science lesson! I love it when all three of these can be joined together! There is no better way to learn! It’s exciting and enjoyable for the kids and me!

Fallon’s book has more specifics on different types of seed and how often they should be rinsed and how long it will take before they sprout. She also has a lot of information about what are the best types of seeds to sprout and which ones are not so great.
Once we are ready to embark on more sprouting this chapter will definitely be my go to!

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