Walk into any grocery store today and you’ll be overwhelmed by your bread choices: white, wheat, whole-wheat, multi-grain, sourdough, rye, and so on.
It’s difficult to make the decision of which bread to buy when health experts are constantly coming up with new studies that show the benefits of one type of bread versus another. The decision becomes even more complex when you throw in gluten sensitivity.
Well, there’s a new kid in town: sprouted grains. Research suggests this may be the best option yet.
What Are Sprouted Grains?
Sprouting is the process that occurs when a seed begins to germinate and grow into a new plant. Grains, in simple terms, are seeds. When the environment is just right, grains begin to sprout. The sprouting process involves taking grains in this stage and turning them into the foods we love — like breads, pasta, flour, etc.
The Benefits Of Sprouted Grain Bread
Research has revealed that sprouting may increase the absorption of certain nutrients — mainly amino acids, vitamin C, fiber, and B vitamins. This results in food that’s healthier for you to consume.
In addition to the increased nutrients found in sprouted grains, other benefits have been discovered. These include:
Sprouted grain bread, pasta, snacks, flour, and more can be found at any health food store and most big-chain grocery stores. Look in the bread aisle, freezer section as well as other places to find sprouted grain varieties. The selection may be smaller and the price higher, though.
How Do Sprouted Grains Compare To Whole Grains?
Whole grains are by far healthier than white bread and most other varieties. These enhanced products often have had the top layers stripped, which includes most of the nutrients, and have been artificially enriched.
Whole grain products, on the other hand, are pretty close to being completely natural and are minimally processed. But how does 100% whole-wheat bread stand up against sprouted grain bread?
Studies suggest the process of sprouting creates a grain that’s more easily digestible, meaning it’s better for people with gluten and grain sensitivities. Is this enough of an advantage for sprouted grain products to trump whole grain products? Ultimately, that’s up to you.
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