Sprouts are a great way to get fresh greens when it is too cold to grow produce outside and, of course, if you have nowhere else to grow your own fresh veggies. They truly are the easiest way to eat locally grown produce without too much effort, and it is surprising that not more people are jumping on the sprouting band wagon when they provide a fully organic food with no unwanted pesticides. You can grow them in your kitchen at home or even in an apartment.
You don’t need any land and you don’t need sunlight to grow sprouts
Sprouts are an excellent source of digestible protein, fiber, enzymes, minerals and vitamins including vitamin C. They are also full of antioxidants to fight cancer and are high density, raw, living superfoods. Sprouts deliver all the nutrients in such a way that the body can digest them easily. They can be blended into a healthy smoothie or added to salads and sandwiches. Just make sure you grow enough for a healthy helping every day!
Suggestions are sunflower, clover, lentils, alfalfa, broccoli, black-eyed peas, celery and many more
1. It is said that there are up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables. Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions so extracting more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat ensures that your body has the nutritional building blocks of life it needs for every process to work more effectively.
2. Another health benefit is that the quality of the protein improves when a seed or bean is sprouted. If you are prone to cold sores, the amino acid lysine (which will help prevent cold sores and boost your immune system) increases many fold during the sprouting process. Sprouts further boost the immune system by helping to restore alkalinity in the body.
3. That all important fiber content of your diet will be greatly enhanced by sprouts. You might not be aware that fiber is critical to weight loss, binding to fats and toxins in our body so they are quickly eliminated.
4. Sprouts are rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C and E as the vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans or nuts increases by up to 20 times in just a few days of sprouting.
5. Essential fatty acid content increases during the sprouting process.
6. The plant oestrogens in sprouts increase bone formation and density so helping to prevent osteoporosis. They also combat hormonal imbalances during menopause thereby decreasing hot flushes.
7. Sprouts are full of oxygen when eaten raw plus they have the highest concentration of nutrition per calorie of any food - with little or no preparation time.
8. Sprouts fight ageing and free radical damage. Sprouts are alkalizing to your body. Many illnesses including cancer have been linked to excess acidity in the body.
9. Sunflower, buckwheat and grain sprouts dramatically improve the health of diabetics by regulating blood sugar and insulin response.
10. Through the action of light, sprouting creates chlorophyll, which has been shown to be effective in overcoming protein deficiency anaemia. The energy contained in the seed, grain, nut or legume is ignited through soaking and sprouting.
Sprouts are inexpensive as the seeds, grains, beans or nuts can be bought more cheaply in bulk and they cost very little in time and resources to raise.
People frequently use the cost of healthy foods as an excuse for not eating in a healthy way but in the case of sprouts, there is absolutely no excuse.