For many people, unsprouted grains and beans cause digestive discomfort. It is widely recognized that pre-soaking beans can help ease discomfort, but what you may not realize is soaking and sprouting grains has the same affect. In fact, easier digestion is arguably the most sought-after benefits of sprouted grains.
The sprouting process naturally activates starch, protein and lipid degrading enzymes that “pre-digest” a grain, seed or pulse. The seed uses dense protein and complex carbs as fuel to grow, converting them to simpler amino acid and glucose molecules. This means that some enzymes our bodies use to break down the seed have already been applied. Less work for our digestive system is always a good thing!
Sprouting does not remove gluten but for some people who have discomfort digesting wheat, sprouting may aid in their ability to digest and enjoy.
Whole grains have a bran, germ and endosperm, which contain the seed’s essential vitamins and minerals like protein, fibre, iron, magnesium, B vitamins and antioxidants. There are no shortcuts when sprouting. A seed must be whole for it to sprout, so sprouted grains are inherently whole grain.
While whole grains and beans are a good source of nutrition, they also contain phytic acid, an enzyme that inhibits our digestive systems from fully absorbing the seed’s nutrients. The sprouting process reduces phytic acid, and how much depends on the seed and sprouting time. For example, chickpeas sprouted for 48 hours showed a 67% decrease. Sprouting converts the nutrients that are already in the seed into a more bioavailable form for our bodies.
We are proudly certified organic for every product, so each seed is grown and sprouted naturally and sustainably. Sprouting is a form of positive processing where nothing is removed and only water is added. This transforms it’s nutrient profile and allows your body to get the most from whole, natural foods.
Cooking whole grains and beans is often inconvenient and time consuming. Sprouting reduces cook time, in most cases by half, making preparation much quicker and easier. No pre-soaking is needed for sprouted beans and lentils because soaking is already part of the sprouting process. You can cook sprouted products right from the bag with no thinking ahead!
Sprouting also stabilizes the natural oils in wheat and flax, extending their shelf life (and slowing staling of sprouted wheat bread). This makes sprouted flour a practical, user-friendly choice for bakers.
You may hesitate to try sprouted grains because you’re not sure how or what to cook, but you can easily incorporate sprouted whole grains and pulses into your diet in all the same ways you would use their unsprouted counterparts.
Choosing sprouted products means you get all the benefits of sprouted grains, without the extra time and effort of sprouting at home.
Sprouting enhances natural flavours and textures of grains, seeds and pulses. Sprouted foods have richer, more complex tastes and delightful textures.
The sprouting process reduces naturally occurring bitterness (saponin), particularly in wheat and quinoa. It also converts complex starch into simple sugars, making sprouted grains taste sweeter (though their glycemic index is low). Grains develop lighter, nuttier and more earthy flavours.
Many changes occur during the sprouting process that affect the texture of grains, seeds and beans. Grains like buckwheat and millet become light and crunchy and are perfect for granolas. Sprouted brown rice develops a lovely delicate texture and sprouted farro, wheat berries and hulless oats are chewy and hearty. Beans become tender and buttery after sprouting, and are wonderful whole or blended.
When people think of whole grains in baked goods, they tend to think of a dense texture. We specifically sprout and finely stone grind our sprouted whole grain flour to produce light, soft, fluffy, moist baked goods.