Demystifying Sprouted Grains

The body of research detailing the health benefits of sprouted whole grains is growing daily. However, many people still wonder what sprouted grains are.

Well, grains are actually the seeds of plants. Like all seeds, grain kernels contain the potential to grow into vibrant living plants.

In its dormant form, a grain has an inedible husk which helps protect all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients within. This outer shell contains enzyme inhibitors such as phytic acid, which makes the grain hard to digest. That’s the grains defence mechanism that helps it survive in nature after being eaten by animals.

Sprouting helps unlock all the goodness that’s contained in a whole grain. As the grain begins to grow, enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients get broken down. It digests some of the starch inside the seed and uses it as fuel to break through the grain’s outer shell.

Because a sprouted grain is lower in starch, it is not only easier to digest but now has a higher proportion of other nutrients, like fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, making it a nutrition powerhouse.

“Sprouted grains are gentler on our digestion, have higher level of fibre, folate, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Sprouted grains also has a lower glycemic impact which helps keep blood sugar healthy.” – Ms Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food & Nutrition Strategies of the US Whole Grains Council

Enjoy sprouted grains in Sunshine’s Extra Fine Sprouted Wholemeal Bread. Grains are milled extra fine to give the bread a smooth and soft texture. Enjoy the full nutritional benefit of sprouted grains.