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    I've soaked oatmeal overnight in the past, and I've found that doing so renders it (for me, at least) a lot more digestible. I've used both apple cider vinegar and lemon juice with success. Using these, however, imparts a taste that I'm not too fond of. I've read about using yogurt, and I'm interested in giving that a try. I recently bought some goat's milk yogurt from a local farm -- it's very lightly sweetened with raw honey and vanilla. My question: would the fact that it's sweetened make it unsuitable for soaking?
    Last edited by tarek; 07-19-2010, 02:26 PM.

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    You know oatmeal is pretty much a no fly zone here right?
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    • #3
      I lean mostly towards a primal diet, so I'm not planning on making this every day, obviously. However, I see nothing wrong with having, say, a half cup of soaked oatmeal on occasion, especially since I'm active. Additionally, this is a great way to introduce some of my friends to healthier foods.

      I've also seen a few people here who deviate from the PB approach by incorporating occasional soaked/sprouted grains into their diets, so I was hoping that at least one person would be able to give me some tips. Thanks for your input, though! :]
      Last edited by tarek; 07-19-2010, 02:27 PM.

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      • #4
        Fair enough... good luck!
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        • #5
          I must say something here...

          I used to LOVE oatmeal. Then I went primal. I bought a huge tin jut before I went primal and was going to eat it. But, I loved eating all primal foods so much that I never touched the damn tin. Just don't eat oatmeal. Really though. There is no point. Primal foods taste way better and are much healthier. I just don't see the point in eating anything that your body has trouble digesting. I listen to my body as much as possible to try and detect something that I am unable to digest. I haven't found anything since I went primal

          But, I went primal because I got stomach cramps from too much gluten!
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          • #6
            That in mind... Toad eats flies... 0.0


            :-P
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            • #7
              i would stick with the unflavored/no sugar added yogurt. you're still going to get a bit of a sour taste though. not quite as bad as lemon/vinegar.
              the added sugar in the yogurt may mess with the whole process that the bacteria goes through. try to make this a once in awhile treat, k? just lookin' out 4 ya
              ;-)
              Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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              • #8
                Ahh, yeah, I figured the honey might interfere with the soaking process! I'll stick to lemon juice for now, haha.

                In any case, I agree with you all of you; I really don't have much of a desire to eat grain foods. Despite that, I just bought a bunch of awesome stuff from a local farm, and I'd like to use some of it in meals that might appeal to my friends and family.

                Thanks for the responses, guys!

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                • #9
                  Won't sugar actually give the bacteria something to eat?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
                    Won't sugar actually give the bacteria something to eat?
                    you'd think so, but i read somewhere to use plain yogurt. all i know is that you're s'posed to use an acidic medium. i'll have to search on that.
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                    • #11
                      okay so i couldn't find too much on the subject, but i'm thinking that the honey would make it less acidic (tart) and that might interfere.
                      Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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                      • #12
                        what is the effect of soaking grains in an acidic medium before cooking/eating?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Canarygirl View Post
                          what is the effect of soaking grains in an acidic medium before cooking/eating?
                          It neutralizes some of the antinutrients, so they say.
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                          • #14
                            SOME of the anti-nutrients as rphlslv says. not worth it imo to go through all of that!
                            Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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                            • #15
                              I'm with Dosenberry, I lost my appetite for oatmeal after the switch. I used to eat it sometimes twice a day! I put it all in the composter (with the soy flour & cous cous). When i want something kinda like that, I warm up some frozen berries & add flax meal, crushed nuts, coconut & almond butter. maybe add some cinnamon.

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