Ever wonder what makes a whole grain so special? A whole grain has three parts: the germ, the endosperm and the bran. The germ is the embryo or reproductive portion that germinates to grow into a plant. The endosperm is the tissue inside that surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition as starch, oil or protein. Bran is the hard outer coating rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, but it also contains phytic acid, which prevents nutrient absorption. Soaking raw whole grains in water helps remove phytic acid and make nutrients bioavailable to absorb. Here are six unique whole grains that are sure to add a nutritious punch to your holistic diet!
October 21, 2013