Yeah we all know how healthy sprouts are for our body, big deal ! But I really wonder what keeps us from having them and why it’s not the first preference for food most of the times. I have never hated them but when I came to know how power packed these tiny looking bead like things are, I was really amazed by the health benefits that it has to offer and so will you.
They look nothing great (just my view) compared to many great looking fruits and vegetables but surely have great nutritious content to give many fruits and veggies a run for their money. Sprouts contain 100 times more enzymes than uncooked fruits and vegetables. These enzymes play a vital role in carrying out important body functions and ensures that your body works more efficiently.
When it comes to nutrients, sprouts though small in size, have 10 times more nutritive value that its weight. Sprouts are packed with vitamins like vitamin A, B, C , B1 , B6 and vitamin K. Sprouts are also rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and the classy omega 3 fatty acids. If you are a non-vegetarian you are doing a crime if you are not adding sprouts to your diet daily. Why? They will give your body the necessary protein intake required per day and that too without adding any fat , cholesterol and calories.
Yeah you knew that, didn’t you? Now let’s see how these nutrients in sprouts can offer health benefits to your body.
Health Benefits From Sprouts
1. Weight Loss
Are you trying to lose weight and are struggling to find a proper diet. Add sprouts and see the wonders it does for you. Sprouts like mung beans are the best for a diet loss plan. Mung beans contain proteins are very low on calories. Mung beans also contain fibers due to which complex carbohydrates are formed. This will help you feel fuller for long and help you to avoid extra snacking.
Have a bowl or two of boiled sprouts at night after having some fruits for great results for weight loss (personal experience). Make sure you don’t over boil sprouts as they may lose more than half of the nutrients and don’t drain the water after boiling. Have it like a sprout soup, you can add salt as per your taste. The soup may look ugly but it will taste great, don’t worry. It’s one of the best weight loss foods that you can happily eat.
2. Aids In Digestion
Sprouts are alkaline in nature and they can prevent acidity in the stomach. They have a good fiber content which break down slowly and aid in intestinal contractions which helps in good bowel movement.
3. Healthy Skin
Did I forgot to mention the antioxidant properties of sprouts? I guess I did. Well sprouts contain vitamin E which in an antioxidant that can help from free radicals that can damage your skin. Sprouts help in giving you skin a soft feeling and help in skin rejuvenation. Have sprouts for a healthy skin.
4. Good For Sperms
Consume sprouts regularly for a good quality of sperms. As sprouts contain vitamin E, specifically vitamin E- alpha, this might help men improve their infertility problems or at the best help fertile men from having infertility problems. As mentioned before vitamin E is an antioxidant which will protect cells from the free radicals.
5. Prevents Cancer
Sprouts are alkaline in nature and contain antioxidants which help to maintain a healthy environment for your cells. Sprouts also contain lots of fiber and water which helps to maintain a clean environment in the gut and helps to remove impurities in the colon. The growth of cancer cells in initiated by lack of oxygen, the cancer cells have a less chance of surviving in an alkaline and an oxygen rich environment. Sprouts exactly help in making such kind of environment which won’t promote cancer cells.
6. For A Healthy Heart
Sprouts help in lowering LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) which is mainly responsible for conditions like atherosclerosis. No doubt, patients with a heart condition are advised to consume sprouts daily. Have sprouts daily to avoid your heart getting into such harmful environment.
There are lots of variety of sprouts available, like mung beans, alfalfa, soybean and clover, out of which mung beans are my favorite. Mung beans contain 3 gm of protein and just 30 calories which is lowest among all other bean sprouts. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Mung beans contain a good nutrient mix among all other bean sprouts.
Be careful while selecting sprouted beans directly from the market. If they appear to be discolored or are smelly, then don’t buy them . Most of the times it’s best to buy beans and then sprout them at home, it doesn’t cost anything after all.
Make sure you don’t miss out on your daily dose of sprouts for a healthy body. They come to a great rescue when you are our of vegetables. Just cook sprouts with some spices and enjoy it with some bread. Tell us about your favorite sprout and the way you like to have it in the comments section below. Sprout your way to a better health.