Sprouted grains are thought to be rich in minerals and nutrients, and more and more people are exploring their health benefits.
Keep reading to learn about sprouted grains, where to find them, and how to grow your own at home.
Regular grains are grown by planting a seed in the ground which sprouts and grows into a plant that produces more seeds. Those seeds are used in breads and other foods. To produce sprouted grains, the seed is harvested before the shoot grows into a full-sized plant.
You can eat the sprouted grains themselves, or they can be ground and used in bread, cereals, and other foods.
Sprouted grains are lower in starch than regular grains and higher in protein, vitamins and minerals. Research is still being done on their health benefits, but scientists have identified some promising findings, such as:
However, it’s important to note the studies haven’t used a common, standardized definition of what constitutes a sprouted grain. Growing conditions can vary from one study to the next, but more research is bound to be completed as sprouted grains become more mainstream.
Regardless, sprouted grains are whole grains. They contain more nutrients and minerals than refined grains. If you enjoy the taste of sprouted grain products, add them to your diet. If you prefer the taste of unsprouted whole grains, remember, they are also a healthy choice.
You can purchase sprouted grain bread, cereals, pasta, and other foods at your local grocery store.
Many people start their sprouted grain eating with Ezekiel bread. Food for Life is another well-known brand that manufactures sprouted grain foods, such as breads, cereals, tortillas, and pastas.
You can also make your own sprouted grains at home. Think of it like growing your own veggies! It’s a lot easier than you might expect. Just have a look at this how-to guide.
According to Monica Reinagel, a licensed nutritionist and professionally-trained chef, growing sprouted grains is a great family activity: "It's an easy way to grow something fresh … Sprouting is also a great project for kids. Unlike a tomato that takes three months, this is really quick and can hook them into eating vegetables and getting excited about cooking."
You can sprout unhulled barley, buckwheat, corn, einkorn, farro, kamut, millet, quinoa, rice, spelt. Any whole grain will work.