If there is any food that should be called a “super food” it is sprouts. Yet surprisingly few people grow them or eat them. I have recently started sprouting and I want to let you know that if you aren’t consuming sprouts you are missing out on what I consider one of the most powerful foods on the planet. Talk about a way to get more locally grown food in your life. This is about as local as it gets.
I used the four tray sprouter below and the first experiment was with both mung bean sprouts and a combination treble, alfalfa and broccoli sprouts. You don’t need a fancy sprouter though. Ball jars work just fine. We filled the trays and poured in the water through the top and it filtered down through the various trays until it ended up in the bottom. Water was poured like this for 2 days about 3 or 4 times a day. The mung beans started sprouting on the second day. The combination too a little longer and not all the seeds seemed to sprout. I will experiment with different sprouts but was very happy with the mung bean sprouts. I used them for a raw vegan rice and beans recipe 3 nights in a row.
I instinctively knew that sprouts were good for you but I had no idea how much until I started researching the subject. I think once you are aware of these 8 reasons to add sprouts to your diet you will agree that they are a very beneficial addition to your diet, both for health and environmental issues.
1. 100 Times More Enzymes in Sprouts Experts estimate that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables. This allows your body to extract more minerals, vitamins, amino acids and essential fats from your food.
2. Improved Quality of Protein and Fiber Content The quality of the protein and fiber content is greatly improved when sprouting beans, nuts, seeds and grains. The protein changes during the soaking and sprouting process and this leads to improved nutritional value. The amino acid lysine, for instance, increases substantially during the sprouting process. This helps the body to maintain a healthy immune system and to prevent cold sores. The fiber in the sprouts binds to fats and toxins in the body and helps release them. It also moves the fat quickly out of the body before it can be absorbed through the walls of the intestines. This can also be greatly beneficial for weight loss.
3. Vitamin Content Increases Dramatically This is especially true of vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E. The vitamin content can increase up to 20 times the original value of some nuts, seeds, grains and beans after just a few days of sprouting. Mung beansprouts increase in vitamin B1 by up to 285 percent, vitamin B2 up to 515 percent and niacin up to 256 percent.
4. Minerals Bind to Protein During the sprouting process, minerals bind to protein making them easier to assimilate and use in the body. This is especially true of alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and others that help to balance our body chemistry for weight loss and better overall health. Sprouts are very digestible due to the high amount of enzymes they contain and can be very beneficial for aiding digestive or bloating problems.
5. Sprouts are very Alkalizing to the Body
Excess acidity in the body has been linked to many illnesses including cancer. Cancer cells are initiated to grow due to a lack of oxygen. Cancer cells, as well as viruses and bacteria, can’t live in an environment that is alkaline and rich with oxygen.
6. Essential Fatty Acid Content This content increases during the sprouting process. Most people are deficient in these fat burning essential fats and sprouting is a great way to get more of these nutrients. These nutrients can increase by as much as 30 times the original value in just a few days of sprouting.
7. Locally Grown Food As mentioned in the beginning of this article, sprouts are the ultimate locally grown food. You can grow them in your own house so you know for sure exactly what you are eating and know that you aren’t ingesting pesticides, additives or other chemicals.
8. Sprouts are Inexpensive People are always talking about how expensive it is to lead a raw vegan, vegan or just healthy lifestyle. You can’t get more bang for your buck than you can with sprouts. When you grow your own you are paying a very small percentage of what you would pay in your local supermarket or health food store.
The uses for sprouts are infinite and you will have to use your imagination to think some up for yourself. They are good in salads, wraps or just to nibble on. As I mentioned earlier one of the first things that popped into my head was beans and rice. I have missed beans and rice since going raw vegan. The video below is the outcome on 1 of the 3 nights that I had them last week. The rice is simply cauliflower that I got down to rice consistency with my food processor. If you want to boost your health in the cheapest and easiest way possible start sprouting today. There are tons of simple YouTube videos to show you various methods. Happy sprouting!