Of all the grains, brown rice has one of the highest concentrations of phytic acid. Phytic acid binds in our body with a lot of minerals (zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, calcium) and takes them away from us! While you may swear by brown rice, keep in mind that eating too much of it and not soaking before cooking might be dangerous. You might deplete yourself of important minerals.
How to soak brown rice?
It’s actually much easier then you might think! When I want to cook brown rice for dinner, I put it in the water in the morning, covering about an inch above it. This process will also make it tastier and much softer. It’s also lighter on your digestive system and brings up even more of the benefits like iron, vit E, vit B, fiber, etc.
What to do with soaked rice if you didn’t have time to cook it?
What if you changed your mind at night and went partying instead! :) (We all need to decompress and have some fun!) So what to do with this uncooked wet rice? No worries, just drain water out from the bowl, cover it with a plate so the grains are wet but don’t dry out or put in water. Put it in a fridge until the next evening!
What to do with soaked rice if you don’t have time to cook it AGAIN?
Are you kidding? Enough partying already! But not to worry, just rinse your rice to make sure it’s all wet and put it back in the fridge. Be aware though, each grain becomes a sprout, a living organism since day one. The longer you do the soaking of your rice the better the chance you will be eating rice plants instead. The sprouts are better for you than seeds in a dormant state anyways, so enjoy whatever option you choose!