Sprouts - Good StuffSprouts are the tiny plant/vegetable that forms when you subject whole wheat berries, or other grains and seeds to water. Here are some reasons to do this.
TEN REASONS FOR SPROUTING, IN GENERAL
1. ONLY PENNIES PER SERVING
One tablespoon of seeds will fill a quart jar with several ounces of sprouts. A 4-ounce package will yield several pounds.
2. SIMPLE AND EASY
Take less than a minute per day to grow and prepare. They will grow nearly anywhere indoors, in any season. Sprouts require very little space and travel well. They are the ideal vegetables for campers, boaters and RV’ers with limited space for fresh produce!
3. FRESH AND READY QUICKLY
This “garden in your kitchen” grows very fast, in any kind of weather. No digging, planting, weeding, pests or chemicals involved. And there’s no long wait, as in seasonal outdoor gardens. Just 3 to 7 days to a bountiful, nutrition-packed harvest. When stored in your refrigerator, they will stay fresh for days- even weeks if rinsed properly.
4. TOXIN-FREE FOOD
Sprouts are as sweet and pure as Nature intended food to be. Buy organic seeds and grains to sprout, though!
5. COMPLETE FOODS
Sprouts are real health food. They are full of life- as you will see in how fast and luxuriously they grow. The right combination of sprouts contains everything needed for life and health. All their many nutritional elements are easily assimilated and readily available to your body. When home-grown, you know they are pure, and you can enjoy them at the peak of their perfection.
6. TASTY AND DELICIOUS
Bursting with flavor, you may be surprised how truly delectable they are. Enjoy them in salads, on sandwiches, stir-fried, steamed, or even baked in wholesome, home-made breads.
7. HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS
Several contain more protein than cooked meat-at a tiny fraction of the cost. The presence and balance of amino acids makes this protein more digestible. All sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and fiber. When exposed to light, several become rich in chlorophyll.
8. LOW IN CALORIES/FAT
These are simple sugars for quick energy. Sprouts contain no cholesterol and provide several essential fatty acids.
9. HELP DETOX YOUR BODY
Chlorophyll helps cleanse and oxygenate the blood. Enzymes aid in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and contribute to the body’s life force. Fiber aids elimination and their lecithin helps the body get rid of cholesterol. A raw food diet is one of the best ways to detox your body.
10. BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Antioxidants protect you from radiation and toxic chemicals. They help the body to cleanse, detox, rebuild and heal itself. Sprouts are rich in antioxidants and help protect you from the modern health scourge — toxic build-up. Antioxidant enzymes are especially important, because they are essential for the proper function of the immune system. Sprouts are one of the best sources for these important nutrients.
SOME INFO ABOUT BREADS:
Wheat and wheat-based breads are a staple food in the diet of over half the world's population. Unfortunately in the new millennium, many breads on supermarket shelves are not very nutritious. During the milling process the live portion with most of the nutrients - the germ - is removed to prevent spoilage. Along with it goes the wheat bran or fiber that aids elimination. What remains is basically a sticky starch. To this is added a host of chemical additives which make white bread one of the most chemically-contaminated foodstuffs available today.
'Alive' Sprouted Wheat Breads
Now consider a completely natural, unadulterated, uncontaminated alternative - sprouted wheat bread. All you need is 2 cups of red winter wheat. Nothing else. After three days of sprouting, when the sprout is as long as the berry which it springs:
Vitamin B-12 content has quadrupled to around 54 milligrams per 100 grams (versus just 1 milligram in white bread).
* Other B vitamins have increased 3 to 12 times.
* Vitamin E content has tripled
* Starches are now simple sugars like maltose.
* Minerals are freed up for easy assimilation.
* Enzymes are plentiful and have converted starches to sugars, proteins to amino acids, and fats into essential fatty acids.
* Now contains 3 to 4 times more fiber than stone-ground whole wheat bread.
Thanks to the natural sugars, sprouted wheat bread is sweet as well as nutritious.
I will Post simple sprouting instructions and a 'Sprouted' Wheat Bread Recipe' in next post, to keep this a bit shorter.