Is phytic acid good for you? The answer is NO!
Phytic acid is found within the hulls of nuts, seeds, and grains. When you cook the food it can reduce the phytic acid a wee bit, but it is not the method of choice. More effective methods are soaking in an acid medium, lactic acid fermentation (kefir, yogurt, buttermilk), or sprouting. Phytic acid has a strong binding quality to vital minerals, such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. When a mineral binds to phytic acid, it becomes insoluble, and will not be able to absorb in your intestines. Thus leaving us mineral depleted. Really, you need to get into the habit of soaking or sprouting your grains if you want to keep from loosing your minerals. I have enjoyed the process of it and it has become the routine around here.
Century Griddle Cakes:
- 2 cups of freshly ground wheat, spelt, or Kamut flour
- 1 1/2 cups of kefir, yogurt, or buttermilk. Mix the flour and kefir together.
- Leave sit over night for about 8-12 hours to break down the phytic acid properly. By morning, you are ready to make your meal. It is that easy.
- 2 well beaten eggs
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 Tablespoon of something sweet (xylitol, honey, maple syrup, or raw sugar)
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda (mix these three additions in until smooth)
- 2 Tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil (mix in until smooth)
- Warm up your cast iron skillet
- If you want to do a lot of pancakes at one time, you should get a cast iron griddle. That is something that we would like to get soon.
- Watch until the batter starts to bubble up to the top and then flip to cook the other side.