Sprouts: Health and Hygiene
Sprouted seeds are completely natural and are known as “whole foods” because
they contain both protein and fiber as well as valuable minerals and vitamins.
Sprouts are the only form of agriculture that can be locally grown and available in
all seasons. It takes less than a week’s time to grow from seed to salad. Sprouts
are the ONLY food that can be classified as a 100% nutrient rich, fast food!
Sprouts are truly not only raw, but are actually alive.
There are many reasons why you should have a serving of sprouts daily. Here
are just a few:
High nutrition – Sprouts are rich in nutrients and are often more
nutritious than the original beans and seeds from which they are sprouted.
Anti-carcinogenic – Sprouts contain many anti-carcinogens that have
significant cancer-fighting properties.
Improve blood circulation – Sprouts improve blood circulation and
allow oxygen to pass smoothly through veins. Sprouts are living foods that
contain hundreds of molecules of oxygen, which displace free radicals,
neutralize toxins, and assist with the body’s absorption of vitamins,
minerals, amino acids, and also help with memory.
Healthy fats – Sprouts contain essential fatty acids that your body needs
to perform basic functions.
Low in calories – If you are counting calories, sprouts are one option.
Sprouts contain a combination of proteins and healthy fats vital to your
body, but low in calories.
Sources of fiber – Fiber helps keep your digestive tract healthy, and also
reduces the risk of constipation.
A wide variety of beans and seeds can be sprouted…
- Alfalfa - Sunflower - Broccoli
- Mustard - Clover - Onion
- Lentil - Mung bean - Radish
- Wheat - Pumpkin - Chia
- Millet -Buckwheat
Sprouts are easy to prepare. By following a few tips, you can avoid
contamination from fungus and bacteria. Sprouts can then be stored for a
First, get the seeds you want to sprout and check for any broken seeds,
weeds, sticks or stones. Use only whole clean seeds.
Rinse the seeds and soak them in fresh water according to the time
appropriate to each sprout growth requirement. Some seeds, like
buckwheat, should not be soaked for more than 15-20 minutes. However,
oats, barley, and millets should be soaked in water for about 8-12 hours.
The soaking time varies for different seeds and beans.
Put the soaked seeds in the sprouting container, or simply hang them in a
When the seeds have begun to sprout, place them into a dry container and
refrigerate any unused sprouts. It is always better to eat fresh sprouts, so
replace them with fresh sprouts as frequently as possible.
Since seeds and beans are sprouted in water, there is a risk of contamination. To
avoid this, rinse the seeds or beans in fresh water twice a day. Do not keep the
sprouts in water after an overnight soak.
Sprouts can be a tasty and delicious addition to the diet, and are fun to grow as
long as the proper safety precautions are taken.
Dr. Fred Bisci is an organic and raw food nutritionist with over 40 years of
experience helping people improve longevity and reduce the risk of diet related
illnesses. He has assisted over 35,000 people to improve health by focusing not
only on what goes into the body, but what is left out. For more information on
how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help
you feel better and live longer, visit: www.anydoubtleaveitout.com