You could say that a lot of health experts believe that grains are harmful. You could also say that a lot of health experts believe that grains are beneficial and necessary. As with most things, there are two sides to the grain coin. If you aren’t currently eating grains, we’d like to take a moment to tell you why we believe that sprouted and natural grains are an essential part of a vegetarian diet.

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT GRAINS

If we look at the grain question from a strictly biblical diet standpoint, it’s clear to see that grains are vital – after all, humans have consumed grains such as wheat and barley since the world began (or slightly thereafter). We can look to the symbolism of bread as being representative of Jesus in the Christian religion, or “the bread of life.” But grains go beyond the biblical diet too. There are some good reasons to eat grains including the following:
  1. Grains are rich in fiber and protein.
  2. Colon cleansing benefits.
  3. Helps reduce the risk of hypertension.
  4. Can be a part of a really hearty breakfast or other meal.
That said, there is a huge difference between the grains of Biblical times, and the grains that most of us consume today.

NOT THE SAME GRAIN

If we trace grains back to Biblical times, we find a few things to be true.
  1. Biblical wheat only existed in three forms: Emmer, Einkorn, and Tritium aestivum – today, we have thousands of different types of wheat.
  2. Barley, rye, and millet were the most popular grains consumed during Biblical times, and it was really hard to find other kinds of grains.
  3. The grains that people ate during those years were soaked and sprouted (see our article on sprouted grains).
  4. Grains were made into loaves of bread daily, but those loaves didn’t come from a supermarket shelf, and they didn’t contain things like HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), artificial colors, artificial flavors, and a whole bunch of other stuff that packaged bread contains.
What do all of these things tell us about grains? Grain it its natural form can be excellent for your health, and they are a large part of any vegetarian diet. But, grains should be sprouted, eaten as close to their natural state as possible, and baked into bread using only simple ingredients (so, skip the stuff that you find on store shelves).

OUR GRAIN RECIPES

On this site, you will find some recipes from our vegetarian cookbook that include lots of grains. You will also find a link to purchase our vegetarian cookbook, so you can start making and sprouting grains of your own at home. It is true that grains were eaten in abundance in the Bible, and that grain is something that we do need as part of nourishment. But, white bread from a package isn’t whole food, and that’s not the type of grain product that will treat your body the best. Baking bread is fun and you will feel great after creating something so delicious with your own two hands. You will also avoid all of those sweeteners and artificial ingredients when you choose to make bread from our vegetarian cookbook instead of purchasing bread from a grocery store. If you are going to buy bread from a baker, find out what the ingredients are before you purchase that loaf, and keep in mind that grains should be in their purest form in order to provide you with the nutrients that you need. Are grains good for you? The simple answer is “yes,” if you eat them as they were meant to be consumed. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to leave a comment on this blog – or follow us on Facebook for recipes and other bits of information. Grain CC Photo Courtesy of Marilylle Soveran Bread CC Photo Courtesy of Artizone