It’s another theme week! (Boy, I am missing posting recipes!).This week I wanted to give updated research on soaking (fermenting) grains. When this blog first started, I wrote a very simple explanation of soaked grains here and here. I did so to explain why my recipes had a soaking period in them as that was confusing to many. However, I have long felt that my simple explanation was inadequate and have spent quite a bit of time researching the topic for myself. That research has been very enlightening and interesting!
Why a week on this topic?
I feel like my first explanation needs to be updated. I have also felt like there have been some ideas surfacing on the web lately regarding soaking grains that ( from my research) I wouldn’t agree with. I felt like it was important to share with you, my readers, some of the new information I found. Hopefully this helps you make a more informed decision on whether or not you would like to soak your grains.
Why a whole week?
This topic, while so simple in some ways, is complex in others. I truthfully am not going to be able to go through all of the material and information in one week (perhaps I will have to do a second week or follow up posts sometimes in the future). Doing a theme week gives me a little bit more time to go over everything.
Don’t get overloaded with info
However, I would like to say before I get into the details of the matter, that I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with information. When I first started soaking grains, I took someone’s word that it was helpful, tried it out, found it a good thing in several different ways, and that’s really all of the information I needed! Because I personally feel the benefits and notice the difference when we eat soaked grains, I wouldn’t have felt very motivated to research this topic just for myself. You may feel the same way and that’s okay. However, if you would like to know more about the topic or have any questions regarding how helpful soaking/fermenting grains really is, then this week may be helpful to you.
My conclusion from research
If you want to know ahead of time what my conclusion is, here it is. I feel that soaking or fermenting grains is a well documented traditional practice which science has proven to have benefits. If that’s all you need to know, then there you go. If you want to see why I came to that conclusion, follow along as I share my research!
However, I do want to make clear that this is a very broad topic. While I feel like I have found a lot through my research, I don’t feel like I am an expert on this topic (and be suspicious of those who think they are, as there is a lot of information out there on the topic and it would take a long time to acquaint yourself with all of it!). When I share information from studies I am also going off of the conclusion or synopsis of the study. As a layman, this is very helpful. However, the best practice would be to read the entire study, contact those who conducted it with any questions, etc. So while I am excited to share what I have uncovered so far, I don’t feel like I have explored everything in regard to the topic and I also know that there are certain limitations to my research. Keep that in mind. I feel this is an ongoing research topic.
What I want you to get out of it
I want you to leave this week better informed with hopefully some of your questions answered regarding this topic. I hope that you find, like I did, the following information interesting and helpful. And I will try to continue to share my research as time goes on.