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Benefits of Sprouting

I love eating sprouts sprouts and I love sprouting. It is easy to do at home and it is rewarding for the two year old of the house as he can see the results quickly.

Sprouting is a method of germinating seeds that are to be eaten raw or cooked. Sprouted foods are commonly used on fresh vegetables, salads and as an alternative diet for people who are into weight loss program.The germinating procedure can be done manually at home for personal consumption, a process that will take a few days to accomplish. All you need is the right procedure to follow, a plastic or glass jar for your sprouting vessel and a sieve lid. A simple method, sprouting can help you start a healthy lifestyle in a cheaper way. Sprouting is also applied in a much larger commercial scale such as barley that is being used as a malting ingredient in producing beers. Cereals that are commonly found in your daily breakfast diet also undergo sprouting.

There are plenty of viable seeds that are capable of undergoing sprouting, but some of these are not meant to be eaten raw.

Here are some of the commonly known food sprouts:

  1. Pulses (legumes, pea family like soybeans)
  2. Cereals (oats, wheat)
  3. Brassica (cabbage family like broccoli and radish)
  4. Oilseeds (sesame, hazelnut and peanuts)
  5. Umbelliferous vegetables (parsley family)
  6. Allium (Onions, leek)

But what makes these sprouts special to consumers? It’s their ability to provide people a healthier option to their daily diet. Sprouts are considered to be a “live food” or a super food because it contains vital nutrients and minerals that you won’t get much from processed food and even some fresh fruits and vegetables. Sprouts undergo the process of breaking down complex compounds into simple forms and making them very absorbable to the body.

They are rich in digestible energy, bioavailability of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytochemicals and proteins that are very essential for human health.

Here are some of the benefits why people should consider adding sprout to their daily diets:

  • Sprouts help your digestion because it is a rich source of fiber that will keep your digestive system healthy and helps you feel fuller between meals.
  • Sprout contains hundreds of oxygen molecules that are needed by your cells to be healthy enough to fight off viruses and bacteria.
  • Sprouts have the ability of alkalizing your body. Alkaline is an essential mineral that we need for our body to stay fit and healthy and sprouts are very high in alkaline.
  • Sprouts contain healthy fatty acids that are needed by your body in order to function properly and helps strengthen your immune system. They’re rich in EFA and can your metabolism at an optimum level.
  • Sprouts are very low in calorie because it only contains about 9 calories per ounce. Making it an ideal diet for people who wish to lose weight and cut down their calorie in-take.
  • It is also packed with enzymes that are responsible for controlling almost any chemical reaction that is taking place inside our body.

Have a go at home! Check out this great inexpensive book available at amazom.com Sprouts: The Miracle Food: The Complete Guide to Sprouting

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