Sprouts Benefits and Info
Would you like to enjoy the health benefits sprouts can give without paying high prices for them at the grocery store? If you plant seeds in your backyard, you have to wait three months or even more to enjoy the crop.
Start an indoor sprout garden and you’ll be reaping the harvest in 3 days. Best of all, you can enjoy freshly grown, good-for-you sprouts all year long.
Home grown sprouts are one of the purest foods you can eat. They are grown without the use of chemical sprays.
Sprouts – What Foods are Sproutable
- Sproutable grains include rice, corn, wheat, barley, millet and buckwheat.
- You can find many beans and seeds for sprouting in the dried bean section of large supermarkets or health food stores.
- Try sprouting any of these: garbanzo, mung, lima, pinto, navy, kidney beans and dried peas.
- The list of nuts and seeds includes almonds, cashews, brazils, sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, alfalfa, clover and radish.
- Don’t use tomato or potato seeds. These seeds are poisonous when they are sprouted.
Sprouts – Econimical
Sprouts are a real bargain food. On the average, a pound of seeds will yield 4 pounds of sprouts. While high quality, chemically untreated seeds are not cheap, the fantastic yield makes them a budget balancer. You can sprout your own seeds at home for less than half of the store price.
Sprouts Health Benefits
- The best reason to sprout is nutrition. Locked in the tiny seed is the power to reproduce an entire plant. When a seed begins to grow, enzymes are activated, releasing the seed’s nutritional content. For example, unprocessed wheat kernels (also called wheat berries) contain 28.0 grams of folic acid (a B vitamin). When sprouted, the wheat kernel contains 106 grams. In fact, all B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C and E increase.
- Sprouted beans and grains contain essential amino acids, the “building blocks” of protein. The amino acids and sugars contained in sprouts are in digestible form.
- Sprouts are also a good source of lecithin, which aids in fat breakdown and digestion and can help reduce cholesterol.
- Sprouts contain other minerals that are easily digested – minerals that are also contained in seeds, but cannot be assimilated because of phytic acid, an insoluable compound. Sprouting breaks the phytic bond, allowing minerals to be absorbed.
- Sprouts are also the best source of natural chelates. As seeds germinate, the complex proteins are broken down into their amino acid components which hook up (chelate) to vitamins and minerals. These natural chelates are enzymes, those complex organic substances that accelerate body processes.
- The greening of the sprouts indicates an increase in chlorophyll, which many nutritionists recommend in the diet. It is believed to help cleanse the blood, aid in food digestion, stimulate and produce new tissue growth and combat mouth and throat diseases.
You’ll find ways to enjoy sprouts at every meal. For breakfast, add chopped spouts to scrambled eggs. For lunch, use sprouts in sandwiches instead of lettuce. Add sprouts to egg, chicken or tuna salad. Sprouts are great taking and good for you. Use your imagination to come up with a harvest of ways to use your favorite sprouts.
Get some sprouting jars or buy an inexpensive sprouter and begin to enjoy this extremely healthy food right away.