This is one of my favorite questions, having a macrobiotic and raw food background since 1972. Being honest, I personally feel better if I add some cooked grains to my raw food diet. And …. I’m not the only one. At the leading raw food communities, the Tree of Life in Arizona and Israel and the Hippocrates Institute in Florida, there are some grains on the menu.
There are two ways in which you can eat grains. Of course you can sprout them or grow wheat- or barley grass and eat them raw. This way you can add grains to your diet and still eat 100% raw. Another way is to add some cooked non-stored grains, like wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and amaranth to your diet. Even diabetes patients do well on these grains. You can cook the grains for about 15 minutes and eat them with a raw (for instance tomato) sauce, use them in a salad, in desserts or as a breakfast cereal.
If you do want to eat grains, the ones mentioned above are best. Stored grains like wheat, rye, oats and barley ferment in ninety days. Within that time mycotoxins are formed, toxins produced by an organism of the fungus kingdom, which includes mushrooms, molds and yeasts. These are a hazard to our health. Research has shown a correlation between different forms of cancer and mycotoxins. For more information about this, you can read Gabriel Cousens book “Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine”, page 17-23.
If you do want to eat some grains, feel how your body reacts. Too much of them may cause too much acidity and make you feel tired and heavy. Always add good quality salt if you cook grains. This makes them more alkaline. Find your ideal balance. In some cases it’s better to add cooked grains to your diet, than to eat too much of the sweet fruits, like mango or banana or a lot of nuts for the sake of your caloric intake.
So far I found that many long term vegetarians and raw foodies lack minerals, vitamin B12 and are undernourished in general. Adding some non-stored cooked grains might be very helpful in those cases.
Please leave your comment below and let me know, if you have any experience adding cooked grains to your raw food diet and what your opinion is.