Friday, April 10, 2015

Sprouts For Health, Sprouts For Alex



Song:  Poor Side Of Town

Artist:  Johnny Rivers


This article will be on Sprouting.

However, first...
my wife has a blog...
and she had put these two below pictures in it.

I am putting pre-soaked sprout seeds in one of the sprouting trays
(Alex is in the background on his computer).



She had made a comparison of Alex's forehead when he was a baby...
to mine.


She said that my face...
much like Alex's when he was a baby...
is half forehead!  :)

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Sprouting should be done by all who value health.

Besides the all too frequent occurrences of contaminated sprouts sold in the stores...
the price for these sprouts are outrageously high.

Sprouting is easily and inexpensively done...
and the product is not only delicious...
but highly beneficial to the human body...
in more ways than in just the nutritional content
(more on this later in the article).

One of the responsibilities of parenting...
is the establishment of healthful habits in their children.

Healthful habits in diet / exercise / and sleep...
will help establish a way of living which is conducive 
to them reaching their maximum genetic potential...
and to them living happily and in vibrant health...
for the maximum amount of time.

(remember...everything in life is about the quantity of quality).





First of all...
the equipment.

This excellent sprouter may be had from Amazon for approximately $20.00.

I had found this particular make and model to be exceptional in ease of use...
and in producing a high amount of sprouts without any problems.

It comes with 3 sprouting trays...
and 4 covers/stands.

I had tried another brand before this one...
but it did not drain well...
and the ventilation was poor.
This resulted in the rotting of the sprouts.


This model does an outstanding job of draining and ventilating the sprouts.



I had also purchased a few pounds of sprout seeds...also from Amazon.
A full pound of your favorite sprout seeds may be had for approximately $8.00 to $15.00...
depending on the particular seed type.

I had bought a...
broccoli / alfalfa / mustard seed / clover blend...
a spicy radish / mustard blend...
and a Japanese spicy radish seed pack.


I use but 1 tablespoon of the broccoli blend and 1 tablespoon of the radish blend per tray.


I pre-soak the seeds overnight...
and then simply spoon them into a tray.

I then just rinse and drain them (but a few seconds)...
and stack the tray.

The green cover allows just enough light to slightly green the sprouts as they grow...
just from the ambient light in the kitchen.


The seeds sprout after a couple of days.


They are then ready to eat after a couple of more days.

The only maintenance required during the growing process
is simply running water over the sprouts...
and letting them drain for a few seconds...
and re-stacking the trays...
2-3 times a day.


When it is time to harvest a tray...
you simply rinse the hulls and excess seeds from the sprouts
(I don't...I like the extra roughage...and the slight crunch when I eat them  :)


Then, you simply drain and store them in sandwich bags...
and refrigerate them.

They will stay fresh for 4-5 days.


One tray will fill one sandwich bag...
and one sandwich bag will make a full two sprout salads
(not as a topping...but as the entire salad).


I simply stagger the sprouting times for each tray to ensure a steady supply
of fresh sprouts for lunch and/or dinner.



I simply use a Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing over the top of my sprouts.
I love the tangy taste.


Alex tried some with this dressing.

He said it was okay...
but he didn't seem too enthusiastic about it.


Alex's mother then prepared a Japanese sprout salad for him.

She put on fish shavings...


added some sesame seeds...


added some Memmi sauce...



and then added some dried anchovies.



Alex had found this style to be much more to his liking.

In general...
Alex loves the Japanese diet.


I love both...
the Mediterranean, and the Japanese diets.


Now...
why sprouts as opposed to merely a green salad?

First of all...
there are enormous benefits to the nutritional and phytonutrient content of sprouts...
without the worry of insecticides/herbacides/fungacides 
used on so much of today's produce.


Health Benefits of Broccoli

  • New broccoli sprout study shows benefits carry into the offspring's adulthood. Eating broccoli sprouts during pregnancy may provide your kids with life-long protection against cardiovascular disease, according to a research team led by Bernhard Juurlink at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Broccoli packs a powerful punch to bladder cancer cells, according to new information from Ohio State University.
  • Broccoli may bolster the body's defences against heart disease and stroke.
  • The original press release on broccoli sprouts and cancer prevention.
  • Now cholesterol too? A study from Japan shows that 1 cup of broccoli sprouts a day for 1 week lowers bad cholesterol, increases good.
  • Broccoli sprouts may be useful to protect retina? A study shows protection of retina in mice. Very technical.
  • Broccoli sprouts may sooth airway inflammation.
  • Sulforaphane found in broccoli sprouts may rejuvenate the immune system. This article in Science Daily gives details. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, sulforaphane found in broccoli sprouts may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems of hypertension and atherosclerosis.

The Sulforaphane content in broccoli sprouts is 50x the amount in full grown broccoli.



From the web:



Sprouts truly are the best locally-grown food, yet not enough people eat or grow them. Considering there many health and environmental benefits, it’s time to consider adding sprouts to your diet. Here are 10 reasons to eat more sprouts:
1.  Experts estimate that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables.  Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions. Extracting more vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat ensures that your body has the nutritional building blocks of life to ensure every process works more effectively.
2.  The quality of the protein in the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains improves when it is sprouted.  Proteins change during the soaking and sprouting process, improving its nutritional value.  The amino acid lysine, for example, which is needed to prevent cold sores and to maintain a healthy immune system increases significantly during the sprouting process.
3.  The fiber content of the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains increases substantially.  Fiber is critical to weight loss.  It not only binds to fats and toxins in our body to escort them out, it ensures that any fat our body breaks down is moved quickly out of the body before it can resorb through the walls of the intestines (which is the main place for nutrient absorption into the blood).
4.  Vitamin content increases dramatically.  This is especially true of vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E.  The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans, or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting.  Research shows that during the sprouting process mung beansprouts (or just beansprouts, as they are often called) increase in vitamin B1 by up to 285 percent, vitamin B2 by up to 515 percent, and niacin by up to 256 percent.
5.  Essential fatty acid content increases during the sprouting process. Most of us are deficient in these fat-burning essential fats because they are not common in our diet.  Eating more sprouts is an excellent way to get more of these important nutrients.
6.  During sprouting, minerals bind to protein in the seed, grain, nut, or bean, making them more useable in the body.  This is true of alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and others than help us to balance our body chemistry for weight loss and better health.
7.  Sprouts are the ultimate locally-grown food. When you grow them yourself you are helping the environment and ensuring that you are not getting unwanted pesticides, food additives, and other harmful fat-bolstering chemicals that thwart your weight loss efforts.
8.  The energy contained in the seed, grain, nut, or legume is ignited through soaking and sprouting.
9.  Sprouts are alkalizing to your body.  Many illnesses including cancer have been linked to excess acidity in the body.
10.  Sprouts are inexpensive. People frequently use the cost of healthy foods as an excuse for not eating healthy.  But, with sprouts being so cheap, there really is no excuse for not eating healthier.




This article is from Science Daily:



More evidence that spicing up broccoli boosts its cancer-fighting power

Date:
September 13, 2011
Source:
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Summary:
Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food's individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you'll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new study.

Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food's individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you'll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new study.
Credit: © Joshua Resnick / Fotolia
Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food's individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you'll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new University of Illinois study.
"To get this effect, spice up your broccoli with broccoli sprouts, mustard, horseradish, or wasabi. The spicier, the better; that means it's being effective," said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of nutrition.
In the study, when fresh broccoli sprouts were eaten with broccoli powder, the scientists were able to measure bioactive compounds in the blood 30 minutes later. When these peaked at three hours, they were much higher when the foods were eaten together than when either was eaten alone. Urine samples corroborated the blood results, said Jenna Cramer, lead author of the study.
It's no secret that many people cook the benefits right out of broccoli instead of steaming it lightly for two to four minutes to protect its healthful properties, she said.
"However, this study shows that even if broccoli is overcooked, you can still boost its benefits by pairing it with another food that contains myrosinase," she said.
Myrosinase is the enzyme necessary to form sulforaphane, the vegetable's cancer-preventive component, co-author Margarita Teran-Garcia explained.
Note what happened with the fresh broccoli sprouts and broccoli powder eaten in this experiment. The powder doesn't contain myrosinase, but it does contain the precursor to the anti-cancer agent sulforaphane. Eaten together, the sprouts were able to lend their myrosinase to the powder. As predicted, both foods produced sulforaphane and provided greater anti-cancer benefit, Jeffery said.
Other foods that will boost broccoli's benefits if they are paired together include radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, and Brussels sprouts.
"Here's another benefit of protecting and enhancing the myrosinase in your foods," Jeffery said. "If myrosinase is present, sulforaphane is released in the ilium, the first part of your digestive system. Absorption happens well and quickly there, which is why we saw bioactivity in 30 minutes."
An earlier Jeffery study showed that microbiota are capable of releasing sulforaphane in the lower gut, but absorption happens more slowly in the colon than in the upper intestine, she said.
Scientists say that as little as three to five servings of broccoli a week provide a cancer-protective benefit.
"But it pays to spice it up for added benefits and find ways to make it appealing so you don't mind eating it if you're not a broccoli fan. I add fresh broccoli sprouts to sandwiches and add them as one of my pizza toppings after the pie is out of the oven," Cramer said.


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In summation of my article...
smart eating is finding a way to make the nutritious...
delicious.

If it is too...
expensive...
troublesome...
tasteless...
it won't be eaten.

If you don't eat a healthful diet for a lifetime...
it does you no good.


Another great benefit to eating sprouts...
it helps regulate the bowel...
not just from feeding the beneficial intestinal flora...
but through the increased roughage...
especially if you don't remove the hulls and the extra seeds
from the sprouts before eating them  :)
(as I do not...just for this reason).











4 comments:

  1. You have me convinced. I want to order some right now!

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  2. Be sure to start in smaller portions. It will take a week to two weeks to get your system used to more vegetable matter in your diet. After that, eating a full sprout salad as a precursor to the main meal will add bulk, so you eat less. Be sure you use a healthful dressing. Almost all my fresh greens come from sprouts.
    Always at hand, inexpensive, nutritious and delicious, fresh produce even in Winter, you never have to shop for it....sprouts are a winner in every aspect.

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    1. We just finished our first 'crop' and started the second one.

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  3. Excellent. I am now harvesting our first all Kaiware crop. I bought 2 lbs. of it. They are especially delicious.

    I will be showing my mother how to sprout while she is here on her visit (she is visiting now).

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