#Nuts, #seeds, #grains, and #beansare #nutritionalpowerhouses. However, the natural agents that protect them from early #germinationcan wreak havoc in our digestive system. #soakingandsproutingreplicates germination, which activates and multiplies #nutrients(particularly Vitamins A, B, and C), neutralizes #enzymeinhibitors, and promotes the growth of vital #digestiveenzymes.
#sproutsare truly #livingfood! The process of soaking and #sproutingat home essentially is mimicking nature’s germination of a seed into a plant. Gram for gram sprouts are more nutrient rich than it’s older version of itself (i.e. the seed). These sprouts can be eaten #raw, steamed, or cooked completely, you can also dehydrate the sprouted grains to make flours (for example sprouted buckwheat flour).
Why do anti-nutrients naturally exist in plant seeds? Anti-nutrients actually have a protective property within plants; they help plants to survive by warding off pests and insects because once ingested, the plant’s predators become somewhat sick. Anti-nutrients also have the job of keeping a seed from sprouting until it’s ripe enough and ready to mature.
One of the most well-known and problematic anti-nutrients found in grains, beans, nuts and seeds is called #phyticacid. Phytic acid or phytate (in its salt form) locks up calcium, copper, #iron, #magnesiumand zinc and can stunt growth. Phytate can lock up 80 percent of phosphorous, cause calcium excretion; inhibit zinc absorption by 80 percent and magnesium by 40 percent. #Anemia, bone loss and a host of health conditions can result from deficiencies of these minerals.
Phytic acid also inhibits our digestive enzymes called amylase, trypsin, and pepsin. Amaylase breaks down starch, while both pepsin and trypsin are needed to break down protein.
In addition to phytic acid, other forms of compounds similar to anti-nutrients can also be found in unsprouted foods. These include the anti-nutrients such as:
* Polyphenols- these can inhibit digestion of copper, iron, #zincand vitamin B1, along with enzymes, proteins and starches found in plant foods.
* Enzyme inhibitors- these are found in plant foods and prevent adequate #digestionand cont