Time and again, someone or the other tells us to make sprouts a part of our diet, that they are very healthy. Almost all moms make it a part of their kids’ diet. Everyone swears by it. Shall we look at how and why they are healthy and what benefits we get from eating them?
Sprouts are made by germinating seeds of moong beans, soya beans, chickpea, radish, etc.for a day. We use them in fresh salads, sandwiches and soups since they contain fewer calories compared to other foods. They are also excellent sources of vitamin K, C, fiber, and other essential minerals. These days, we need not even go the trouble of sprouting them. They are available readymade in packets in all departmental stores.
Let us see how beneficial they are to our health and wellbeing:
Aids in digestion
Sprouts have a good number of enzymes that help in breaking down food and absorbing the nutrients. The dietary fibres in sprouts help clear up constipation, diarrhea and even prevents colorectal cancer.
Acts as metabolic booster
The horde of enzymes present in sprouts has an impact on the metabolic activity of our body. They also have a substantial amount of protein which is necessary for the chemical functions of our body. Creation and maintenance of cells, repair of organs, regeneration of skin, bone growth, muscle development etc. require the presence of protein in our body. Vegetarians and vegans especially can get this protein from sprouts since they don’t meat which is an importance source of protein.
Helps prevent anemia and improves blood circulation
Iron and copper present in this food help prevent anemia which basically occurs due to iron deficiency. Maintaining good red blood cell count with the necessary amount of iron will also improve the circulation of blood in the body. This, in turn, oxygenates organ systems and optimizes cell performance.
Aids weight loss
Sprouts have high nutrients, yet they have fewer calories than most foods. So you can have sprouts without worrying about weight gain. They also make you feel full due to the fibre content in them. They also prevent the release of ghrelin, the hormone that tells our mind to eat. So having sprouts means that you won’t be tempted to overeat or look for snacks shortly afterwards.
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Lowers the risk of heart attack and strokes
Sprouts have omega-3 fatty acids that are considered to be good cholesterol. This good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) reduces the harmful cholesterol in blood vessels and arteries. In fact, the potassium content in them releases tension in arteries and increases blood circulation. All of this lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Boosts the immune system
Vitamin C in sprouts stimulates the white blood cells in the body to fight off infection and disease. Vitamin A in it multiplies as they develop and have antioxidant properties that make for a good immune system.
Antioxidant properties in sprouts make it cancer resistant. Vitamin C, Vitamin A, amino acids, proteins and the huge amount of enzymes prevent healthy cells from mutating to cancerous cells. Sprouts also prevent premature aging, cognitive decline, and age-related health problems.
Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant agent and protects the eyes’ cells from free radicals. Sprouts also prevent glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. It even helps improve vision.
Reduces allergy and asthma
Broccoli sprouts reduces allergic reactions and asthma.
Finally a word of caution while having sprouts
Sprouts should not be heated and have to be eaten raw. So there is a possibility of bacterial infections associated with it. So if you opt to buy them, buy from reputable shops. Otherwise, make them at home. Wash them thoroughly before eating them.
Other than the heath benefits mentioned above, sprouts also add a flavour to your food. So be sure to add them to your diet and stay healthy!