Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sprouted Bread

Whole wheat bread. We all know that we're supposed to be eating it. So we faithfully pick out whatever's cheapest at the local grocery store. So long as it's brown it must be good for us, right?


Most so called whole wheat breads (I talking about you Oro-Wheat!) contain nasty things like coloring (to make them look browner), and preservatives. Here's a hint, f you don't know what an ingredient is chances are you shouldn't be eating it. AND sometimes a label can be tricky; for instance it mightsay wheat flour which really means white flour. It has to say whole wheat flour.

Ezekiel Sprouted Bread (pictured above) is as good as they come.

Check this out:

INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Sea Salt.

What the heck does sprouted mean? It means that the baker takes a grain, places it in water and allows it to germinate (sprout). They take the sprouts, grind them up, add some yeast and salt and bake. It makes a hearty, delicious and incredibly good for you bread.

Peter Reinhart is considered the foremost bread expert in our country. He explains why sprouted breads are good for you.

"When grains begin to germinate, three main chemical changes occur. The seeds begin to break down due to increased enzyme activity, elements of the seed begin to move around between the endosperm and the germ, and new molecules are formed. In the process, vitamin content and accessibility is increased, especially vitamins A, B-complex, and C, minerals like calcium, potassium and iron are released, and the carbohydrates become more easily digested."

P.S. All of Food For Life's products are amazing...english muffins, hot dog and hamburger buns, tortillas and bagels.

P.P.S. The best price on Ezekiel sprouted bread is at Trader Joes's: $3.29

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