Sprouts are edible germinated seeds. Sprouts are often deemed to be the “elixir of youth” and “exploding with energy” because of their high nutritive value. Sprouts have been an integral part of the diets of South and Central Asian natives for centuries. A powerhouse of minerals, vitamins, low fat, and high protein, sprouts are now a popular wonder food eaten by people across the globe.
History of Sprouts
According to Chinese history, a priest set out on a journey in order to find an elixir of life. In a quaint old village, he found natives living up to the age of hundred years and enjoying robust health. The priest realized that their daily meal consisted of only sprouts, and so, he took the science of cultivating sprouts to China. Historical documents suggest that physicians in China used sprouts more than 5000 years ago to cure various ailments.
The biggest advantage of eating sprouts is that they can be easily prepared throughout the year. Sprouts can be prepared by soaking the seeds overnight in a jar of water. The seeds should be washed several times a day after the water is drained, after which they will germinate and sprout. Sprouts are easy to prepare and don’t require soil or sunlight for germination.
Health Benefits of Sprouts
- As compared to dried seeds, sprouts have 15% lesser calories and carbohydrate content but 30% more proteins, 34% more calcium, and a significant increase of over 200% in Vitamin A, E, B1,B2, B3 and C content. Therefore, sprouts are indeed a dieter’s delight.
- Their high sodium content aid quicker digestion.
- They are powerful antioxidants and slow down the aging process by preventing DNA destruction.
- Sprouts contain saponins that reduce LDL levels, thereby preventing cardiovascular diseases and arteriosclerosis. Saponins also boost immunity.
- Sprouts are good sources of amino acids that increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.