Lesson from Ezekiel’s Bread and Gathering of Manna
Oats is rich in phosphorous which is necessary to ensure the right Calcium-Phosphorous balance required for building healthy teeth and bones. But PhytaTe (with a T), keeps phosphorous binded, that we cannot benefit from it. What’s more Phytate (with a T) also sequesters, calcium, iron and zinc from our bodies.
Oats is still a healthy food, but it has too much Phytate (with a T), but too low in Phytase (with a S). Its like Phytate (T) is the lock of a treasure box full of Phosphorous and other minerals, but you need a key the Phytase (S)… to unlock the box.
Therefore, mixing a high Phytase (S) grain buckwheat to a low Phytase grain Oat is ideal to unlock the minerals within these 2 grains…
The best grain to mix with oat is Rye, as Rye has the highest level of Phytase (with an S). Is it a coincidence that Gerson Therapy includes Oat and Rye in its program (Oat and Rye see the combination). Its just hard to find whole Rye in Singapore so I settled with Buckwheat.
Moisture & TimeWhy soak for 24 hours?
The deal is the key needs to be lubricated to activate it (imagine your lock being rusty and rubbing oil in your key makes it easier to unlock the key)…Phytase needs warm water to activate itself. Somehow, adding lemon or vinegar also hastens the process of activating Phytase and unlocking all the goodness in the grain.
The most ideal soaking medium is raw milk as lactic acid is the best way to unlock all the goodness in the grain.. and it makes it a well balanced meal.
The problem is, its illegal to sell raw milk in Singapore. Anyway, that is another topic altogether.
The reason why I am so hung up in the Oats, Buckwheat, Phytase (with S), and Phytase (with T)… is because it seems there is too much confusion now adays in terms of whether grains, seeds and nuts are good for us or NOT.
I say all of this are created by God, for our own benefit. Its just that most produce are tainted and we have forgotten the traditional ways of preparing our food so that we really benefit from it. Either that or we consume too much of the same food and ignoring the rest.
In Ezekiel 4:9, God instructed Ezekiel to bake bread with very specific ingredients (wheat, barley, millet, lentils spelt and beans). At that time, there was a very serious crisis and most of the well known grains for baking bread are not readily available. Even fuel for cooking is scarce.
Do you notice the combination of the grains and beans? Some of them have high phytase content, some have low phytase content. If you mix them together, it’s a complete meal, equivalent to the protein from milk and eggs (balance of calcium and phosphorous, for example). This bread nourished Ezekiel for more than 300 days with very little water to drink, as part of his fasting.
The story is one of suffering (not enough grain and water to go around even to the point of rationing grain and water).. but also story of grace (undeserved gift) and deep commitment to his children. Yes, He allows us to go through suffering, but he also ensures we have the best provision. It is only up to us to listen to His instructions.
In this time and age, it is easy to be confused by the many articles about what is good or bad for us. Grains and bread is a blessing from God. It is not a curse. We just have to listen to God on how we should live our lives, even to such mundane things as soaking grains and baking bread.
You do not have to follow the Ezekiel ingredient’s to a T. Just unlock the wisdom in the story.. which is the right combination of grains and beans so we all benefit from complimentary nutrients each of these grains/beans provide.
Umm by the way, Ezekiel ate about 10 slices (assuming each slice is 1 ounce) each day, as per God;s instruction. 10 Slice of bread in a day, without anything else but water, pretty sure is a good sustenance. (20 shekels = 10 ounces)
To cook or not to cook
I have eaten oat/buckwheat soaked for 24 hours without cooking it, Tastes great with raisins, dates or goji berries. Ezekiel cooked his grains over cow dung (presumably because there is also lack of fuel at that time due to the crisis), not because the Lord thinks it is better to eat grains when it is cooked rather than when it is raw, but because He wants to make a point. He wants to make it so obvious to Ezekiel’s spectators how bad the time is… that he resorted to cook his bread using cow dung as fuel. (mind you, even in rural China, human or animal manure is still being used as fuel).
Gathering of the Manna
I wonder though why, God did not ask him to eat the grains raw. The Israelites who wandered in the desert for 40 years, ate manna..
Exodus states that raw manna tasted like wafers that had been made with honey. The Israelites were instructed to eat only the manna they had gathered for each day. Leftovers or manna stored up for the following day “bred worms and stank”
At other times, God instructs them to cook (specifically bake) the manna,
just enough for one day
Numbers describes it as having the appearance of bdellium, adding that the Israelites ground it and pounded it into cakes, which were then baked, resulting in something that tasted like cakes baked with oil
At other times, God asks them to gather enough for manna for 2days and store them for 2 days, presumably to ensure they have free time for worshipping the Lord and for resting:
the exception being the day before Shabbat (Preparation Day), when twice the amount of manna was gathered, which did not spoil overnight; because, Exodus 16:23-24 [states] “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ ” 24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it.”
Therefore, I will eat both raw and cooked food. I truly believe, that the Bible offers guidance but it is not too prescriptive. It allows us to make our own choice, to learn from our own experience while depending on the grace and provisions of God. If the instructions are there.. raw or not raw, mill your own flour or just buy, ferment or not to ferment.. if its not explicitly stated in the Bible don’t make your own interpretations.
Is Phytate (T) evil, while Phytase (S) angel.
Nah! Each has its own place. Phytate is need by the grains to survive and lock the nutrients inside, until such time it is ready to become a plant or a tree or until such time it is ready for us to eat.
There even is a clinical study proving that Phytate helps to treat colon cancer. As Phytate binds to excess Iron that cancer cells love to get. So a bit of phytate wont hurt. Too much phytase on the other end makes it easy for starch to turn into sugar.
A study proving that phytase (S) improves digestability of phosphorous
Nutritional Impact of Phytase
Whole grains protect against low levels of radiation and the need for 50% of our diet to be whole grains:
Summary of recommendations from Diet for the Atomic Age:
Sue Becker’s article on why grain soaking is not needed:
Note: I agree on most of Becker’s points, except that I believe soaking is necessary for people with impaired digestion. Gerson Therapy propose soaking oats and rye as well
How bread may help cure the common cold:
Grains discovered in Egyptian tombs can be sprouted after 4,000 years:
What the Bible Says about Healthy Living by Dr. Rex Russell (Regal Books, p. 105 (1996) and p. 100 (2006))
Eating whole grains leads to weight loss:
Health benefits of whole wheat:
Health benefits of manganese: