SPROUTS : They are a storehouse of vitality, the ‘shooting’ stars of the gastrosphere, with health specialists sprouting everything from grains and seeds to pulses.
Here’s why it makes sense to include them in your diet :
(1) SUPER GRUB —————Sprouts are one of the richest forms of nutrients known. “People sprout their food to boost its nutritional content. Generally, sprouts are rich sources of vitamin C, B fibre and protein, which are great for boosting the immune system,” says nutritionist and food consultant Jia Sing. Sprouts are the best plant-based food, which can help us reduce our blood cholesterol levels, which, in turn, reduce heart strokes and other heart issues. “Sprouts make perfect sense for those watching their waistline, since they are high in soluble fibre that is crucial for weight loss. Controlled weight can also keep diabetes, depression and high BP at bay,” says health expert Dr. Anjali Hooda.
(2) SO MUCH TO SPROUT : —- “You’ve probably heard of bean sprouts or the latest Brussels sprouts, but there’s so much more that can be sprouted —— grains such as barley and wheat, radish and broccoli seeds, kidney beans, soybean, amaranth and even brown rice,” says Singh. Sprouted seeds, pulses and beans are collectively known as ‘SPROUTS’ and they are big globally right now. Organic food markets, across the globe, are selling sprouted grain bread, quinoa, as well as sprouted grain flour. Well, sprouted grains aren’t allowed to reach their full-grown stage and are picked before the seeds use the starch to grow. So, what you get is less starch and more vitamins, minerals, nutrients and protein. They also contain less gluten and hence, are ideal for people with gluten sensitivity.
(3) BREAK THE MONOTONY : The next time, instead of scowling at sprouts, break the boredom of it all by trying different approaches. You could mix and match various sprouts (lobhia, kidneybean, soybean) and take a break while consuming them. Your body needs to work extra hard to process this raw food, so opt for sprouts once a week or twice maximum. Also, whenever you would use a grain, nut or bean in your cooking, replace it with a sprouted one. If you’re going to top your salad with almonds or chickpeas, use sprouted ones instead. Also opt for sprouted brown rice or barley with your dinner.
(4) FOR LUSTROUS HAIR : Who needs an expensive hair spa when a bowl of shooting legumes can do the trick !! Sprouts are full of the magical potion carotene (keratin in some cases). Regular consumption of sprouts adds lustre and elasticity to the hair. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. It combats dry and brittle hair, flaky scalp and reverses hair loss. Sprouts also prevent the hair from appearing dull and lifeless. All you have to do is add a crunchy Brussels sprouts salad to your dinner plan. “Apart from being cancer-protective in nature, they are rich in Vitamin E, potassium and iron, all effective constituents for hair growth,” says Dr. Hooda. Alfalfa Sprouts are also extremely useful for the all-round development of hair.