are a veritable source of nutrients and can be termed as the Common Man’s
Superfood owing to their ease of availability and planting as well as their
inexpensive nature. Find out about the health benefits of sprouts and why you
should incorporate them in your family’s diet here.
are one of the lesser known superfoods that exist on earth. Sprouts are a
powerhouse of proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. Sprouts
help cure muscle cramps, digestive disorders and hair and skin problems. They
help in reducing swelling, curing high fever and slimming and toning the body. Sprouts
also boost the
immune system and
help in detoxifying the body.
of the main reasons that sprouts have not gotten their due is that they are
easily accessible to people from all walks of life. Not only are they
notoriously easy to plant from the comfort of your home, but they also have to
be consumed in their natural form without any sort of processing required. They
are inexpensive and easily available and can therefore be called the “Common Man’s Superfood!”
are easy to plant as they do not require soil. They grow in any climate as they
do not require sunshine and they mature in 3 to 5 days. Owing to the fact that
growing and selling of sprouts is not big business, lack of funding has led to
the dearth of research available on the power of sprouts as nutritional
supplements.According to one existing
study, a group of old and sickly rats were literally transformed into younger,
healthier ones after being fed axinon, a supplement available in plenty in mung sprouts (Nautilus Magazine, 1947).
are some more reasons you should be munching more sprouted beans and seeds:
all know that sprouts are rich in nutrients and minerals, but did you know that
their nutrition value is many times higher the nutrition value of the original
beans and seeds from which they sprout? Upon “sprouting” a seed, its vitamin
content rises drastically. For instance, the amount of Vitamin C in wheat
shoots up by 600% immediately after sprouting. Moreover, vegetables like whole
dried peas have absolutely no Vitamin C, but when sprouted they provide more
Vitamin C per ounce than a fresh orange! Sprouts have the highest relative quantity of
nutrients per unit of consumption of any food item. In addition, different
forms of sprouts are extremely beneficial in curing and preventing various
ailments, and are more effective than most forms of cooked food.
Sprouts are an extremely low calorific and fibrous diet
food. An entire cup of mung sprouts contains just 31 calories, whereas other
bean or soybean sprouts contain around 70 to 80 calories. Green – leaf, bean,
alfalfa, radish and sunflower sprouts are some of the best sprouts for weight
loss. Moreover, sprouted beans and grains contain enzymes that help in breaking
down food, which means that your body can use its existing enzymes to provide
additional energy, which will help you exercise and burn more calories.
contain more anti-carcinogenic properties than most other foods and are thought
to contain one of the most potent cancer-fighting properties known to the world
of medicine. Brussel Sprouts, especially, contain a natural cancer-fighting
compound known as sulforaphane and a
phytochemical known as indole that
aids in fighting and preventing cancer. Young broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50
times more cancer – fighting compounds as compared to mature broccoli heads.
meat and dairy products, while good sources of protein, are also high in
saturated fats and cholesterol. Eat sprouts instead of meat and
dairy products to get your required level of proteins and to reduce your blood
cholesterol levels. Sprouts help in increasing levels of good (HDL) cholesterol
and decreasing levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol that can cause heart diseases. Broccoli
sprouts, especially, help in increasing good cholesterol levels in patients
with Type Two diabetes. Alfalfa sprouts, too, are used by big pharmaceutical
companies to manufacture pills to reduce cholesterol levels.
help in improving digestion and absorption of food. Sprouting makes it easier
to digest seeds, beans, grains and legumes by converting the dense vegetable
protein to more easily digestible amino acids and by breaking down complex carbohydrates
to simple glucose molecules. A chemical present in broccoli sprouts kills
helicobacter pylori, bacteria present in many people that might cause immediate
harm and can lead to stomach ulcers and eventually, stomach cancer. Sprouts are
of an alkalising nature that helps balance the pH level in our body as most
other foods and environmental factors lead to creating of more acidic levels in
are so easy to prepare; you only need water and oxygen. Simply soak the beans
or seeds overnight or for a couple of days depending on what you are sprouting,
and you're done. Other than this, no preparation is required, no cutting or
chopping, peeling or cleaning is needed, and if you like, sprouts can be
lightly cooked for a few minutes before serving to make a delicious and healthy
dish in minutes. Sprouts are also easily available, unlike some other health
foods which may be available or manufactured only in some countries, and not
available worldwide. Sprouts can be obtained even in the smallest of villages,
by the poorest of people.
food from health food stores should logically be more reasonable than food from
regular food stores considering that health foods are in a more natural form,
this is not the case. Sprouts on the other hand are the exception to this rule.
A sprouts salad, which can form a side dish at any meal or can even form the
main course if mixed with a good dressing and served with good accompaniments,
costs half the price of a lettuce salad and provides more than five times the
amount of Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and protein. So if you are on a tight
budget, eating sprouts is a great way to boost immunity and your health, and to
help you fight most ailments.
Is it safe to eat sprouts?
all sprouts should be eaten raw. Pregnant women, especially, should avoid
eating raw sprouts. This is because raw sprouts contain substances that can
irritate the stomach. Cooking neutralises those irritants. Legumes especially
should be cooked before being consumed and can be steamed and added to soups
and other dishes. Therefore, cooked sprouts are healthier and safer. Sprouts
like radish, broccoli, clover, nuts and seeds can be consumed raw. One should
avoid eating too much of raw sprouts.
growing sprouts, ensure that your containers are clean and uncontaminated. Do
not intake of smelly, slimy or mouldy sprouts. Moreover, ensure that sprouts
are washed properly before being consumed.
Can sprouts be tasty?
- President George Bush, who had banned broccoli from being served at the White
House, declared, "I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my
mother made me eat it. Well I'm president of the United States now, and I'm not
going to eat any more broccoli." The ex-President, however, is not known
for his sound judgement. His mother forced him to eat distasteful sprouts and
therefore he hated them.
sprouts can be extremely tasty if made into salads with dressings, or added to
our favourite chaats and paani puris.
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