Nov 16, 2011

Sprouts



 So what's all the hype about sprouts anyway? Sprouting offers a healthy, simple and inexpensive food source. Sprouts are miniature plants grown from otherwise inedible seeds of grains, nuts and legumes. So why should we sprout seeds? Sprouts have an astounding nutritional makeup of proteins, vitamins and minerals. When seeds are soaked in water and begin to grow, enzymes are activated which increase the seed’s nutritional content. Unsprouted wheatberries, for example, contain 28.0 grams of folic acid (a B vitamin). When sprouted, the grown seeds yield 106 grams. In fact, all B vitamins as well as vitamins A, C and E increase when a seed is sprouted. The 1.1 milligrams of calcium in an alfalfa seed sprout to 210 milligrams in the seven-day-old sprout. Magnesium content jumps from 3.6 milligrams to 440 milligrams in the same time.

Digestibility is another important factor in sprouting. The germination process involves the breakdown of protein into amino acids, fats into fatty acids and starches into simple sugars. Enzymes also break down food in the human digestive system. Sprouts are, in essence, a predigested food with nutrients that can be easily used by the body. People with chronic digestion problems, therefore can easily assimilate sprouts.  Humans are the only creatures on the planet, except for their kept animals, that eat cooked foods. Many believe that cooked food is one source of the degenerative conditions, such as cancer, that now plague our planet. Most people eat a diet that is 10% raw (orange juice and a salad) and 90% cooked whereas a larger percentage of raw foods in the diet would be extremely beneficial. Sprouts, fresh vegetables, fruits and their juices slow the ageing clock and start the regenerative clock. Meats and other heavily cooked food lack the enzymes the body wants for its good fuel.  

 I don't know about you but I am intrigued! I am planning to try to sprout this winter. There are many places online where you can buy sprout kits. To learn all you need to know about sprouting and to buy the best sprout kits go visit the Sprout Man! 
To sprout lentils:
Put one cup lentil seeds in 5 cups water in a glass jar. Cover with cheese cloth or other porous material. Let soak overnight 8-10 hours. Drain water and rinse lentils in fresh water. Allow lentils to drain in jar upside down at a 45 degree angle. Rinse twice a day for 2-3 days until lentils sprout a small tail. Rinse them and they are ready to eat.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix and serve

Lentil Sprouts are one of the most ancient beans on earth. Cooked lentils can be acid-forming and cause flatulence. Lentils are alkaline when sprouted.... so no farting =) They are rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, B vitamins and Iron.

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