Alfalfa sprouts aren’t the only hip sprout in town. There are many different sprouts in town now toting just as many health benefits as the alfalfa sprout. Here are just a few sprouts that you may use on a regular basis, and some new ones that you may not even be aware of:
Broccoli sprouts seem to have more and more positive health effects. Recently, a study done at John Hopkins University School of Medicine found that 3 day old broccoli sprouts have high amounts of natural cancer fighting compounds. In fact, they found that 3 day old broccoli sprouts had 20-50 times more cancer fighting compounds than regular broccoli.
Another super sprout that has seen added benefits are clover sprouts. Some women feel that clover sprouts are beneficial for hot flashes and menopausal symptoms. Clover contains a moderate level of protein, and vitamins like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.
These sprouts are considered to be part of the legume family, and when sprouted contains important vitamins like Vitamin C. They are low in saturated fat, high in fiber and low in sodium. They have become widely known to be a benefit to the immune system and promote healthy cell growth.
Sunflower greens (sprouts) are 25% protein and have similar amounts of protein compared to chicken. Many vegans enjoy the taste of sunflower sprouts and use them often. They contain healthful ingredients like B complex, vitamin E, and other health benefits like chlorophyll.
Recently, the benefit of eating quinoa has been all over the news. Recipes swap quinoa for couscous and rice. Quinoa is a fantastic sprout that has many health benefits. With it’s nutty type flavor, it is the perfect addition to many dishes. Quinoa also totes many health benefits. It is considered a complete protein, with all the essential nutrients that make up protein. It also has some great amino acids that are needed by your body.
There are many other beneficial sprouts and their consumption has only risen in the past several years. Places like Whole Foods Market have seen a 24% increase in their sales over the past several years. While many of their health benefits are only just becoming known, these sprouts are definitely wanting to stake their place and popularity like the alfalfa sprout.
“Sprout Nutrition” http://www.sproutpeople.org
“Growing Your Own Sprouts” http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/sprouts.htm
“Move Over Alfalfa, There are New Sprouts in Town” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41479488/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/