Cred­it for these instruc­tions are giv­en to DR. DEE BLANCO — HOLISTIC VETERINARY CARE AND EDUCATION

Many grains have a chem­i­cal known as phy­tates.  In ani­mals these phy­tates block the absorp­tion of min­er­als, includ­ing cal­ci­um and there­fore they must be removed from grains. If they are not removed min­er­al absorp­tion from all foods decreas­es and defi­cien­cies occur.

The way of the ancient tra­di­tions, from peo­ples who knew that digest­ing grains was a dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous prospect, is to remove the phy­tates by soak­ing.

To remove phytates you must soak the grains for at least 7 hours.

  • Drain off the water.

  • Cover grains with fresh water — usually 2 cups water to 1 cup grain.

  • Cook the grains overnight on a very low heat.  Use a small crock pot on the low setting.  By morning the grains will be like a porridge rather than light and flaky, but it will be much easier to digest.

  • Use this porridge in the proportions recommended for the animal diet — 25% for dogs and no more than 15% for cats.

Use any grain that you wish fol­low­ing these instruc­tions.

Enjoy a serv­ing of this por­ridge your­self for a delight­ful start to your day.