If you haven’t tried sprouts yet, then it’s about time that you enjoy the nutritional benefits of sprouts.  They’re one of the best food ingredients, but not many people are aware… and they are delicious as well!

Here are five of the biggest reasons to start adding sprouts to your diet.

 

Top 5 Health Benefits Of Sprouts 

 

1.       Rich in Enzymes

Sprouts are an excellent source of enzymes.  What are enzymes, you may ask?  Enzymes are protein substances that serve as catalysts for your body systems to function well.  They make sure that your body can absorb essential nutrients from the food that you eat.

Raw vegetables and fruits are rich sources of enzymes.  According to health experts, sprouts are better sources with 100 times more enzyme content than veggies and fruits.  Thus, consumption of sprouts optimizes the functions of your body systems.

 

2.       Better Quality

Sprouting neutralizes phytic acid that binds with nutrients.  The binding of phytic acid diminishes the quality of nutrients you get from seeds, nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting allows you to enjoy a better quality of food by neutralizing the acid.  Your body gets to absorb higher nutritional value. For instance, the phytic acid present in some legumes is hard to cancel out.  The solution is to sprout the legumes to make them easier to digest for their nutritional value.

 

3.       Cell Regeneration

As a superfood, sprouts offer the strongest support in regenerating cells, according to Professor Edmond Szekely. This is important and crucial in the fight against free radicals. Sprouts supply your body with antioxidants to fight free radicals and prevent their damage.  They pave the way for cell regeneration that makes you enjoy your good health condition.

 

4.       Increases Fiber

Another nutritional benefit of sprouts that you should not miss is its ability to increase the fiber in your beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains.  Dietary fiber plays a significant role in cleansing your body systems and preventing digestive problems and disorders.

Further, dietary fiber is what makes beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains effective for weight loss.  Fiber binds to toxic substances and fats to bring them out of your system.  It also cleanses your digestive tract for better nutrient absorption.

ALSO READ: Recommended Daily Fiber Intake: The Lowdown

 

5.       More Vitamins and Fatty Acids

Lastly, spouts allow your body to benefit from the dramatic increase in vitamins and essential fatty acids.  Bean sprouts, for instance, increase its vitamin and fatty acid content by as much as 30 times as their original nutritive value.

Sprouting is one of the best solutions for your body to get essential fatty acids.  These acids help in getting rid of your excess fats and maintaining your recommended weight.  The thing is, unlike other nutrients, fatty acids are uncommon in the diet.  Adding sprouts to your diet is one of the best ways to receive the nutritional value of essential fatty acids.

The best part about benefiting from sprouts is that it would not cost you as much as it would with other healthy food, and you can grow them at any time of the year, even if you don’t have a garden or balcony.  Thus, even with your budget constraints, there is no reason not to enjoy the nutritional value of sprouting.

 

Scroll down for a full sprouting tutorial. It is super easy! You’ll see.

How To Sprout Grains, legumes, and Seeds At Home

 

Most seeds, legumes, grains and some nuts can be sprouted. No need to buy the expensive packets of sprouting seeds.  Many dried pulses from the supermarket or health store will sprout just fine for a fraction of the price. Nuts will be harder to sprout because some of them are pasteurized or treated with heat.

We love sprouted beans, lentils, quinoa, and alfalfa.

You can buy a sprouter; they come in many variations, and some are even multilevel. They are not expensive, but if you love DIY projects, they are also quite easy to make out of glass jars.

This is the one we use… love the multilevel sprouting. We bought it here for about $20.

 

 

Or we love this sprouting jar as well (for the bigger seeds), it even comes with a package of seeds to give it a go.

 

Make your own sprouter

  1. The first thing you’ll need is a big glass jar with lid.
  2. Drill or punch small holes in the lid (about 3mm).

Or you could buy special sprouting lids here.

 

 

FYI: a piece of cloth or coffee filter with elastic band, instead of the lid works as well. This is a better option if you are sprouting small seeds like alfalfa.

 

How to sprout

  1. Fill the bottom of the jar with seeds (1 type or you can make a mix as well) and cover with water. A layer of about 1 inch (2-2,5 cm) seeds will fill up the jar with sprouts, depending on the type of seeds. Some expand more than others.
  2. Soak for about 12 hours.
  3. Rinse the seeds with water.
  4. Drain the water from the jar. This will leave your seeds moistened.
  5. Repeat step 2 and 3 every 12 hours until the sprouts are ready. This will take about 2 to 4 days.
  6. Eat them straight away or store them in the fridge for several days.

FYI: on very rare occasions seeds can be contaminated with E. coli or Salmonella, which both can cause food poisoning. The chance of buying contaminated seeds is very small, but it has happened in the past. So make sure to buy your seeds, grains, and pulses from a reliable source. Also, make sure you keep your sprouts in a clean environment to avoid bacterial growth. Wash your hands and tools before use and it should be alright. We never had any issues of contamination, but it happens on rare occasions.

 

Pictures of My Last Sprouting Adventure: Mung Bean Sprouts

 

 

Have you ever tried to sprout before? How did it go and what’s your favorite? Share them with us in the comment box below!

 

Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!

 

 

Amy Goodrich

Amy Goodrich

 

Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.

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