Sprouted grains: Paleo or not?

Answered on September 16, 2014
Created February 03, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Any reason to avoid them?

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:52 PM

Aside from gluten issues which aren't affected by sprouting, the reason people avoid grains (gut irritants, phytic acid, etc) are not completely removed by sprouting. They are generally reduced, however, so sprouted grains are better than non-sprouted.

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on September 16, 2014
at 08:39 PM

"Paleo," as a theory, is not about perfectly following a set of diet rules. It's more about eating clean food and following a diet that's true to your ancestors.

NONE of our ancestors ate our current strain of wheat, which is why it's completely non-paleo. However, lots of our ancestors ate rice or legumes, and they lived for thousands of years on those diets.

Most of the gut-irritants are in the bran of the grain. I tried sprouting and fermenting brown rice for a while, but eventually I came to the conclusion that my ancestors loved white rice, and white rice has no phytic acid, so white rice is fine by me.

This is generally an unpopular decision in paleo circles - the point is, you need to choose your own foods based on your lifestyle, your family foods, and your personal philosophy.


on February 04, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Grains are generally not considered paleo, mainly because they contain gluten, enzyme inhibitors, lectins and phytic acid. All of these components are indigestible and can cause a lot of harm. When sprouted, these components do not get completely washed away, but they are greatly reduced. So I would not say it is totally paleo, but it is a healthier option when compared to grains,

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