Flour and grains in a rawist's menu
Flour-based foods are the most important part of raw food. They bear the importance of bread in other food groups. It’s important in our climate to have flour and grain foods on our table every day. Less in summer, more in winter. Rawism in the Nordic Countries is nearly completely based on cereal-based foods. It’s erroneous to see only berries, fruits and vegetables as raw food. Many have let go of raw foodism since they’ve overlooked grains. Under “grains” we mean unprocessed flour, as in rye or wheat grain.
Avoiding cereal grains will quickly cause a protein deficiency in your body and strip your menu of calories. This leads to hunger and malnourishment. At the same time, if you only eat grains, your acid intake will become excessive and you won't get necessary fats. Although vegetables (e.g. potatoes and carrots) would balance the acidity of grains, you cannot mix grains and vegetables since that would produce really bland dishes.
This if why grains are used with berries, fruits, oils, and sauces. Berries and fruits balance acids and alkalis, while oils and fats balance proteins and fats. This assures fine tastes and a healthy nutrition.
Flour-based foods are additionally flavored with cumin, pepperwort, aniseed, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon, clove, or ginger.
A few ways to consume grains:
- As raw grains if you’re teeth allow.
- After soaking. Grains are washed and soaked in cold water for 24 hours. Then washed again and mixed to a mash with berries and fruit. The same goes for groat, cereal, and grits.
- Grain sprouts. Grains are washed and soaked in cold water for 24 hours. They’re washed again afterwards and spread to sprout in a humid place until the sprouts extend from 1 to 5 cm. The sprouts are squeezed to juice and mixed with berries, fruit and flours.
- Ground grains. By placing flour in water for 15 minutes to 12 hours you'll have a completely soft and eatable cereal. Consuming grains as flour is the easiest, but certainly not the healthiest way.
Raw vegan food solves nutrition problems of old and toothless people by allowing everything to be chopped, ground, and mashed to help save your teeth, but not losing any nutritional value. Just avoid heating your food.