Sprouts are the kind of thing you find at a vegetarian luncheonette, or growing in the kitchen of your most health-conscious friend. Learn about their benefits and you may start growing them yourself.
The dainty vegetables boast a hefty nutrient load relative to their size—adding just a quarter cup to a meal really does make a difference. “Sprouts are essentially seeds that have gone through the germination process,” says Catherine Brennan, a Rhode Island–based dietitian. They can be the seeds of radishes, broccoli, lentils, quinoa, mung beans, alfalfa, and more. “The sprouting process can alter a seed’s chemical composition, giving it a different nutrition profile than its nongerminated counterpart,” Brennan adds.
Sprouts have a few advantages over mature plants, says Pamela Fergusson, a British Columbia–based dietitian. Sprouting can increase protein content and micronutrients like magnesium and phosphorus, … Read the rest