Some people believe that sprouts are one of the most nutrient rich food in the world, a superfood that will help prevent and fight disease. The bonus is that it’s super easy to grow your own ‘wonder food‘ in any kitchen!
Sprouts’ magical qualities come from germination. Germinating (or sprouting) a dry bean, legume, nut or seed can increase the nutrient content (digestible energy, proteins, amino acids, bioavailable vitamins, beneficial enzymes, minerals and trace elements, and phytochemicals) by 300% to 1200% compared to its original, dry state. In addition, it’s calorie and carbohydrate content decrease. However, they are not considered a complete food, so they are best consumed complementing healthy meals.
Sprouts are `living food‘, which means that they continue to grow and increase their nutrient content even after harvest! Kinda creepy, eh?
What do you think, Readers? Have we found a fountain of youth in sprouts? Stay tuned for some of the health dangers of sprouts (which will probably convince you to sprout your own) in an upcoming post.
Note: Not all beans, legumes, nuts and seeds can be sprouted and eaten, though. Here are just a few found in Wikipedia’s long list of sproutable and edible seeds:
- mung bean (Vigna radiata)
- adzuki bean
- brown rice
- flax seed
- hemp seed
- black-eyed peas