Sprouted Foods: Is Sprouting The Key To Better Digestion?

Could Sprouted Foods Heal Your Gut?

By Andrea Wise

Do you find yourself avoiding beans regularly because the belly bloat and/or gas is uncomfortable and embarrassing?

If you’re mortal, the answer is probably yes.

Listen, we’ve all experienced the discomfort of digestive distress caused by one food or another. Some of the biggest culprits: beans and grains. But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid these delicious and nutrient-packed goodies for good! Instea, eating the sprouted version might the perfect solution.

What Are Sprouted Foods Anyway?

Flash back to middle school: remember in science class when you used a petri dish, a wet paper towel, and a bean of some sort and in a few days your bean magically had a little green tail? That was sprouting! After soaking, rinsing, draining, and air circulation – sprouts present themselves in just a couple of days.

Now, I’m not suggesting you start a mini science experiment in your kitchen to avoid the belly bloat… luckily sprouted foods are readily available at your local health food store.

4 Types Of Sprouted Foods:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Grains
  • Pulses (aka beans)

How Do Sprouted Foods Help Digestion?

But how, you might ask, do these sprouted foods help eliminate the dreaded bloat or gas?

During the sprouting process, the pesky gas and bloat-causing nutrients that are difficult for humans to breakdown are released.

Not only are sprouted foods easier to digest – they also contain higher amounts of protein and overall nutrients in comparison to their non-sprouted siblings.

WIN!

Almost anything will sprout EXCEPT nuts – unless they are truly RAW.

If Sprouted Foods Aren’t Your Jam: Soak ‘Em!

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of sprouting yourself or buying sprouted products: no problem.

You can still give your digestive system a helping hand by soaking your food before cooking.

The soaking process alone can have a hugely positive impact on your digestive system.

What Does Soaking Mean?

Submerge nuts, seeds, grains, and pulses (beans) in water so the nutrients are unlocked and easier for our bodies to process. (Not so much on the cheese and meat front, if that weren’t clear!).

How long should you soak your food?

Overnight is normally enough (8 hours) but some beans are a little stubborn and do better with closer to 12. After soaking, rinse the food thoroughly and cook as normal.

Whether you choose to soak your food or purchase sprouted foods – you and your digestion will feel a sense of relief!

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