What Are Sprouts
Bean sprouts are a common ingredient, especially in Eastern Asian cuisine, made from sprouting beans.
The typical bean sprout is made from the greenish-capped mung beans. Other common bean sprouts are the usually yellow, larger-grained soy sprouts. It typically takes one week for them to be completely grown. The sprouted beans are more nutritious than the original beans and they require much less cooking time and, therefore, less energy.
Health Benefit Of Sprouts
- ability to improve the digestive process
- boost the metabolism
- increase enzymatic activity throughout the body
- prevent anemia and blood circulation
- help with weight loss
- lower cholesterol
- reduce blood pressure
- prevent neural tube defects in infants
- cancer prevention
- boost skin health
- improve vision
- support the immune system
- increase usable energy reserves
The most common sprouts that people regularly use in cooking arealfa alfa, soy and mung bean sprouts, as well as various other types of bean sprouts. The reason that so many people turn to sprouts as a source of food is that they represent a much more significant amount of vitamins and nutrients than they do in an un-sprouted form. Typically, a week after sprouting, the sprouts will have the highest concentration and bio availability of nutrients. Beans must contain a packed storehouse of all the important nutrients that a plant will need to grow in its initial days, so those tiny caps are filled with important organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals that our body can also utilize.
The important thing to remember is that much of the nutritive value of sprouts is lost when they are heated. In other words, although they are a very important source of nutrients and beneficial health boosts, they should always be added to meal in their raw form to guarantee that they have the most impact.
Nutritional Values Of Sprouts
All of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of sprouts are derived from their impressive vitamin, mineral, and organic compounds content. Sprouts contain a significant amount of:
- protein and dietary fiber
- vitamin K
- pantothenic acid
- vitamin C
- vitamin A
In terms of minerals, sprouts contain manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Many of these component nutrients increase dramatically as the sprout continues to develop. Along with all of those components, sprouts are also a rich source of enzymes that are essential for our health.