This might be one of the (more) nerdy posts on health and nutrition, BUT since I have recently bought a “home made sprouts kit”, I wanted to share my experience.
First of all, the advantages of growing your own sprouts are numerous – it is cheap, a good source of vitamins and minerals and also quite fun. What surpriced me the most is how easy it is. Once the process gets going, all you need is to water your sprouts twice a day!
I tried fenugreek seeds which take a little like curry – and they worked really well in asian inspired salads. Plus check this list of healthy benefits:
Fenugreek seeds are rich source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. 100 g seeds provide 323 calories. (note that for a LARGE portion of sprouts you only use about 2 tablespoons, roughly 30 grams).
- The seeds are a very good source of soluble dietary fiber. Soaking the seeds in water makes their outer coat soft and mucilaginous. 100 g of seeds provide 24.6 g or over 65% of dietary fiber.
- Non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) which constitute major fiber content in the fenugreeks include saponins, hemicellulose, mucilage, tannin, andpectin. These compounds help lower blood LDL-cholesterol levels by inhibiting bile salts re-absorption in the colon. They also bind to toxins in the food and help to protect the colon mucus membrane from cancers.
- NSPs (non-starch polysaccharides) increase the bulk of the food and augment bowel movements. Altogether, NSPs assist in smooth digestion and help relieve constipation ailments.
- It has been established that amino-acid4-hydroxy isoleucine present in the fenugreek seeds has facilitator action on insulin secretion. In addition, fiber in the seeds helps lower rate of glucose absorption in the intestines thus controls blood sugar levels. Fenugreek seeds are therefore one of the ingredient that recommended in the diabetic diet.
- The seeds contain many phytochemical compounds such as choline, trigonelline diosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin and neotigogens. Together, these compounds attribute for the medicinal properties of fenugreeks.
- This prized spice is an excellent sources of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering action on sodium. Ironis essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome-oxidases enzymes.
- It is also rich in many vital vitamins that are essential nutrients for optimum health, including thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, and vitamin-C.
If this has inspired you, it is easy to find more info online about different types of sprouts and kits.
Enjoy :-) Ditte