Sprouts: Health Benefits & How to Sprout in a Mason Jar

Sprouts are highly nutritious foods. They are typically germinated seeds of legumes or grains.

Just as you may serve a side salad with a meal, sprouts are a great way to boost nutritional content at mealtimes and can be added to sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, and casseroles.

There are numerous varieties of sprouts available, which include seeds of alfalfa, broccoli, mung, peas, and wheat.

Sprouts ensure blood purification and strengthen the immune system to protect against several diseases. The seeds have the highest nutritional value when they are seedlings. Sprouts contain a greater concentration of nutrients like Vitamin E, potassium, iron, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and protein. They also contain other nutrients like folic acid, zinc, niacin, riboflavin, copper and magnesium.

Sprouts are easily grown at home, using a simple mason jar, and are an inexpensive way to boost your health.

While sprouts are nutritious and provide numerous health benefits, there are some precautions that come with sprouts. Unlike other fresh produce, seeds and beans need warm and humid conditions to sprout and grow. These conditions are also ideal for the growth of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli.

Sprouts, such as alfalfa, have also been known to boost the immune system, and anyone with an auto-immune disease is not advised to consume alfalfa.

If you are going to sprout at home, do some further research on the health benefits and precautions before to check its suitability. When sprouting at home, look for food grade organic seeds that have been tested for germination rate and purity.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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