Broccoli is one of of the most nutrient-dense vegetables, there’s no question about it. But what if you found a food that was similar in taste to broccoli, cheaper and easy to grow at home, and even healthier for you than broccoli itself?
I’m referring to broccoli sprouts. Sprouts are known for being nutritionally complete foods, with a huge range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and high antioxidants content. The best part of sprouts is that you only need some seeds to start. They are so easy to grow at home that you’ll soon have more than you can even eat yourself.
Keep reading to find out how broccoli sprouts can fight cancer, keep you from developing ulcers, and improve your overall health.
AN OVERVIEW OF BROCCOLI SPROUTS
If you have never eaten sprouts before, your body is missing out. Sprouts can be grown from a huge variety of foods, and every type of sprout has a unique nutritional makeup. One of the benefits of sprouts is that they get healthier and healthier even after you have picked them off the plant.
Instead of worrying about your food losing nutrients, you can look forward to it growing in nutrition every hour. Plus, since you can grow broccoli sprouts at home, they don’t have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to get to your home. Growing your own broccoli sprouts is good for the environment.
ADDITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROCCOLI SPROUTS
When you learn about all of the important health benefits of broccoli sprouts, you’ll be ready to try your hand at growing them. Keep reading to learn about some of the most popular benefits of eating broccoli sprouts:
- Anti-cancer properties: Research indicates that broccoli sprouts have tons of compounds and nutrients that fight against cancer. Sulforaphane is the main chemical that fills this role in broccoli sprouts. Of course, this is the same chemical that is found in broccoli. However, levels of sulforaphane are up to 100 times higher in sprouts than in broccoli itself.
- Fight ulcers: Ulcers can be extremely painful, and on top of that, they can do severe damage to your digestive system. Broccoli sprouts are a natural source of glucoraphanin. This compound works like an antibiotic in the digestive tract, preventing the development of H. Pylori, an infection that often leads to ulcers. As is the case with sulforaphane, glucoraphanin levels in broccoli sprouts are much higher than levels in broccoli.
- Juicing: Broccoli sprouts are excellent for juicing. Even if you fill up on broccoli sprouts very quickly when eating them, you can get even more of their health benefits when you juice them. Just think of the high antioxidants content that is so beneficial in removing toxins from the body.
HOW TO GROW BROCCOLI SPROUTS AT HOME
Growing broccoli sprouts is easy. You only need seeds for the first growing cycle, and then you can grow your sprouts from a current batch. Just follow these instructions.
- In a bowl, add 3 tablespoons of broccoli sprout seeds. Add cool water at a ratio of 1 tablespoon broccoli seeds to 3 tablespoons water.
- Soak the seeds for up to 12 hours and drain off the water.
- Place the seeds and a small amount of water in any container with adequate drainage. Place the container in a cool area of the house where it is about 70 degrees.
- Rinse and drain every 12 hours for 4 days.
- After 5 days, the sprouts should have opened. Remove seed hulls and transfer sprouts to a bowl. Cover with water.
- After 8 to 12 hours, your sprouts are ready.
- Keep your sprouts refrigerated in a sealed container.
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