I didn’t. Just another of the food industry’s secrets that are beginning to be uncovered one by one. I recently learned that before farms were mechanized, all grains from which the different flours are made, including wheat, were left out in the fields for longer periods and ended up sprouting naturally. The end result, once the crop was finally harvested was that the flour that was made from these grains was all sprouted flour. But since farms became mechanized, the grains are harvested much faster and so this natural sprouting process is not allowed to occur.
Now you might be asking why should I care if my flour is sprouted or not but it appears that it’s a pretty big deal. According to the To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. “Sprouting neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, which is a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.” Also, when grains are sprouted more nutrients are produced so the resulting flour will contain higher levels of vitamin C, vitamin B, carotenes and enzymes that aid in digestion. It’s even been said that sprouted grains digest more like vegetables than the grains we’ve been given.
Sprouted flours can be used exactly as regular flours and can be used to make breads, pastas, and all baked and non-baked goods. Sprouted flours are also said to have a milder taste than unsprouted flours.
So all this time we’ve been given yet another inferior product ie. bread made with unsprouted flour, one that has little or no nutrition, that’s difficult to digest, that has potentially lead to food sensitivities including gluten and wheat intolerances when all along we could have been eating decadent better tasting breads and pastas and baked goods that actually provide us with real nutrients.
Good thing there are companies like To Your Health Sprouted Four Co, Summers Sprouted Flour Co and Anita’s Organic in Canada to provide us with access to these flours. But I’m also finding there are some companies starting to create products with sprouted flour including pretzels and pastas. Hopefully you’ll soon be able to see pasta made with sprouted flour included in our Fresh Unlimited gifts, especially our Italian Gourmet gifts!
You can have your cake and eat it too!