A-Z of super foods: Sprouts

A-Z of super foods: Sprouts

I know what you’re thinking, no one likes sprouts! But in a timely fashion, ready for the festive season let’s just give the little sprout a fair hearing.

Firstly, just so you don’t shy away from reading this, we can talk about two different kinds of sprout here – both of which are super good for you.

We’ll start with the brussel sprout, which I suppose if we’re being pedantic begins with a B, but for the sake of this article we’ll stick with S.

Before you think about sidling your sprout to the side of your plate this Christmastime, remember that brussel sprouts have more glucosinolates – cancer-combating compounds – than any other vegetable. They help to detoxify our bodies and they also have cholesterol reducing properties.

One important tip on not losing the nutritional value of brussel sprouts – do not overcook them. Firstly, no one likes a soggy sprout, and secondly, all the vitamins will be lost.

Now for the second kind of sprout; also pretty super. You’ve heard of bean-sprouts, generally thrown into a stir fry for bulk, so this kind of sprout comes from a grain, or a bean, or a seed, and they are very good for us. It’s thought that there may be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than in uncooked fruit and veg.

Experts estimate that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables. When a bean or grain has sprouted it contains more fibre, and vitamin content increases greatly. This is especially true of A B-complex, C and E vitamins.

Sprouts are alkalizing to your body.  Many illnesses including cancer have been linked to excess acidity in the body.

So sprouts, either sort, are super for you. Go on, have another brussel on your Christmas dinner!


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Tanya M.
20 December 2015

Tanya M.

I'm not sure there's anything that could make me like sprouts - however tasty they are - I don't even allow them on Christmas dinner. Cabbages are OK but sprouts are just...not!

Mike D.
17 December 2015

Mike D.

I used to sprout alfalfa beans for sandwiches but then read they can contain harmful bacteria. Attempt at healthy lunches thwarted. It's back to cheese and ham for me!!

Roger B.
15 December 2015

Roger B.

I really like sprouts - seems a bit unusual, but I think they are a very tasty vegetable. Makes all the fuss of christmas worthwhile!

craig t.
15 December 2015

craig t.

One of the best soups I have ever had is sprout soup. Well worth a try, and nice in the winter (not that it feels like winter - where's the cold weather gone)!

Sasha B.
13 December 2015

Sasha B.

I honestly didn't realise sprouts were so healthy. Personally, I don't eat them any other day except Christmas Day, but now you've got me thinking I should add them to our groceries more often.

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