Are you trying to eat more locally grown foods? Whether because of environmental concerns or worry about the loss of nutrients in foods that have been in transit for long periods, many people are trying to add more locally grown foods to their diets. Farmer's markets are a great source of locally grown produce in the summer but not as much in the winter. That's why fall and winter are a great time to try sprouting your own produce. After all, it can't get more "locally grown" than your own kitchen bench!
The top 9 benefits of sprouting seeds, grains, nuts, and pulses:
(to make it simpler, we'll refer to all of them as seeds from now on)
- The quality of the protein in sprouted seeds is higher than before they're sprouted. Sprouting increases immune boosting immune acids within seeds.
- Alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium bind to the proteins in sprouting seeds which makes the minerals more useable to our bodies. Cancer and other diseases have been linked to excess acidity in our bodies and eating sprouts can help improve the acid/alkaline balance of our body chemistry since live plants tend to be alkaline.
- Phytic acid binds with calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc, making it difficult to nearly impossible for your body to absorb those valuable minerals. It can also be very irritating to your digestive system. The phytic acid in some pulses can make them particularly difficult to digest. Sprouting is very effective in neutralizing phytic acid.
- Sprouting jump starts the digestive process. Instead of eating hard, dry seeds, you'll eat tender living plants that are more easily digestible. The complex carbohydrates in pulses will start breaking down into simpler molecules that are easier, and less uncomfortable, to digest.
- There's a substantial increase in the fibre content of sprouted seeds. We all know that we're supposed to add more fibre to our diets and sprouts are an easy, and tasty, way to do it.
- Enzymes act as catalysts that help our bodies extract more nutrients from the foods we eat. Sprouts may contain up to 100 times more enzymes than other raw fruits and vegetables. The sprouting process also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with the enzymes already present in our body.
- There is a dramatic increase in the vitamin content of sprouts - especially vitamins A, B complex, C, and E. The vitamin content can increase by as much as much as 20 times within just days!
- When you eat sprouts you've grown yourself, you know they're free of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals you don't want in your diet. Start with organic seeds and your sprouts will also be organic!
- Sprouts are healthy, nutritious, and delicious. They're also quick and easy to grow and are easy to grow organically. Using a sprouter will allow you to grow an entire mini garden on your kitchen bench. Contact us for more information on how you, too, can "Live Younger" by making sure your body gets enough daily nutrition.