What would we be without bread? As one of the most ubiquitous staples in Western culture, we’ve found so many different ways to enjoy it and to make it. From focaccia to brioche, and from sandwiches to stuffing, there’s just so much to love.
And love it, we do. So much so that we can be pretty particular with the brands we dabble in and the ones we don’t. There are so many options out there that the bread we choose for ourselves or our families really goes beyond a great taste, which, of course, is also important. For how often we consume it, we also like our bread to be healthy. And although many of us are privy to varying nutritional profiles of our everyday loaves – white bread usually being highly processed, and whole wheat having more robust nutritional value – it can get a lot more granular than that. For example, how much do you know about sprouted grains?
Unlike traditional whole grain products that are enriched to add the nutrients back in that are stripped via processing, sprouted grains help you retain much more of that sought-after nutrients without all the extra steps. One of the brands that we carry at The Sweet Potato in the Junction (and soon to be Bayview-Leaside!) neighbourhood of Toronto, SIlver Hills, has perfected the use of sprouted grains in their offerings. Their plant-powered products are made with high-fibre whole grains sprouted in clean, cold Canadian water.
But what makes sprouted grains so good?
There’s a whole lot to love about sprouted grains, namely that it takes what is already healthy about whole grains and makes it even better. To break it down, though, three primary factors make it so great, according to Silver Hills. Those being:
- The act of sprouting breaks down antinutrients that protect the vitamins and minerals stored in each seed, making the nutrients found in whole grains easier for your body to use.
- The enzymes plants use to draw on the protein and starch stored in seeds make it easier for people to digest as well.
- Sprouted whole grains are high-energy foods, rich in fibre and essential vitamins and minerals, which provides steady energy for active lives.
So the next time you’re on the hunt for something as equally delicious as it is nutritious, try out Silver Hills’ sprouted grain selection of loaves, burger buns, bagels, tortillas, and more, available at The Sweet Potato!