With health consciousness on a steady rise in the U.S., we see our fare share of health crazes. Some may seem a little over-the-top, begging for further research. Others seem to offer some pretty solid results. Sprouting falls in the latter category. For the unfamiliar, sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to make them easier to digest while also helping you get the most nutrition from any seeds you may be consuming in breads, smoothies, salads, and more. Today, we're going to guide you through a few simple steps to help you effectively sprout from the comforts of your home. Grab your seeds and wide mouth jars and hold onto your hats.
Before we delve into how you can sprout, let's take a moment to discuss why you should sprout. Germinated seeds release digestive enzymes that help you to process food. Sprouting also unlocks vitamins and minerals that may have otherwise been wasted in the digestive process. Eating sprouts as opposed to un-germinated seeds can also help you to balance out your blood sugar levels. Seeds are typically loaded with anti-nutrients which prevents you from properly absorbing iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Germination reduces the phytic acid responsible for the anti-nutrient qualities of seeds. You'll also find less starch in a seed that's been sprouted.
The sprouting process above is recommended by a variety of sources as a means of eliminating bacterial contamination so often associated with a poorly executed sprouting. You can also do your part to make sure your sprouts are bacteria-free by buying seeds that have been certified by the seller as being free of pathogens. Sprouting isn't a difficult process but it can be a lengthy one, so patience is key. In the end, your body is sure to thank you for it.