Properly Prepared Hot Cereal Recipe to Remove the Enzyme Phytase
Photo caption: Soaking oatmeal in whey.
Hot cereal is an easy, healthy breakfast food, as long as the grains are properly prepared. The hulls of nuts, seeds, and grains contain phytic acid. Humans or non-ruminant animals can’t digest phytic acid because we lack the enzyme phytase. When non-ruminant animals are fed grains and legumes, the phytate from the grains and beans are unavailable for absorption and the unabsorbed phytate passes through the gastrointestinal tract, elevating the amount of phosphorus in the manure (poultry, swine, etc). Excess phosphorus excretion can lead to environmental problems such as eutrophication (artificial or non-artificial substances that get into fresh water that cause a rise in phytoplankton).
The most effective way to reduce phytic acid includes soaking or sprouting grains in a slightly acidic medium. Whey, yoghurt, kefir, buttermilk, lemon juice and vinegar are acidic so they work to activate the enzyme phytase.
1 Cup Steel Cut Oats, Quinoa, or Regular Oats
1 Cup room temperature, filtered Water plus 2 Tb whey, yoghurt, kefir, buttermilk, lemon juice or vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Cup Water
Plenty of butter or cream.
A natural sweetener like Rapadura, date sugar, maple syrup, maple sugar or raw honey.
Dried coconut flakes.
Real milk or coconut milk.
- Soak oats with the water mixture 7 to 24 hours, covered and in a warm place. It is easiest to remember to soak oats before bed.
- In the morning, bring a cup of plain water to a boil with salt, add the soaked oats, reduce heat, cover and simmer for several minutes.