The Importance of Sprouts

1 Jun
Sprouted Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes, Scallions, Broccoli Stems 
and Lemon Vinaigrette (1 tsp sea salt, 1 tbspn lemon juice, 4 tbspn extra virgin olive oil)
 Our son ASKED if he could eat some… something about the colour and size perhaps attracted him? 
In any case, he ate a whole cup and more.
Someone asked me the other day which vegan food had the most protein.  I answered quickly: sprouts.  Sprouts that are 1/4 inches in length are especially chock full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and bioelectrical energy, and I try to incorporate more sprouts in our diet.  It seems breakfast is when it is easiest for us to eat sprouted grains, but salads for lunch and dinner are working too (as above).  I have been re-reading Living Foods for Optimum Health by Dr. Brian Clement, in particular the chapter on Sprouts.  Here are some excerpts:
  • “Researchers at Purdue University found that bean sprouts contain extraordinarily high levels of good-quality protein. Mung bean sprouts, for example, contain more than 25% of their calories as protein, which is a higher proportion than in T-bone steak.  And soybean sprouts have an even greater percentage.  Because of their high levels of amino acids (the building blocks of protein), vitamins, and minerals, sprouts are considered to be one of the most perfect foods known to man.
  • Dr. Burkholder of Yale University showed that when oats are sprouted, the vitamin B2 (riboflavin) content increases by 1,300%, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) by 500%, and folic acid by 600%.
  • Research in the late 1970s at the University of Puget Sound found that six cups of sprouted lentils contain the full recommended daily allowance of protein (about 60g) in a fully digestible form.  Scientists concluded that lentil sprouts could provide a significant portion of daily protein needs in a safe and inexpensive form.
Pound for pound, lentils and other bean sprouts contain as much protein as red meat, yet are totally digestible and have none of the fat, cholesterol, hormones, or antibiotics found in most present-day meats.”

Needless to say, I think I will try to incorporate sprouts more in our daily diets.  

Resources:
Basics of Sprouting
Raw Vietnamese Spring Rolls – I would use all mung bean sprouts instead of using kelp noodles
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One Response to “The Importance of Sprouts”

  1. A P Geofrey December 30, 2010 at 4:50 am #

    Hahahaa that looks very yummy. I am a man but I very much like cooking. It always amazes me that women are such good cooks too but men are always the chefs. Well I liked your recipe and I will try it out one of this days.

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