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I recently read in Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrmann that oat groats and other whole grains will increase hugely in nutrition if you soak them for 24 hours before you cook them. He writes, "Certain phytonutrients and vitamins are activated as the grain starts to germinate. These include powerful chemopreventive phenols that inhibit the growth of abnormal cells. A twenty-four-hour soak induce the early stage of germination, but you will not see the sprouts. Soaking a day ahead also shortens cooking time." I try to do this now. By the way, that's a great book with a lot of health inspiring ideas.