Which sprouts are healthiest? Here's 5 to start with!

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We get a lot of enquiries about where to start and what are the most nutritious sprouts you can grow and eat. 

We have succumbed to these demands and have put together a quick list of our favourite varieties to sprout along with some peer reviewed articles to back up the info we are sharing.  

We are not medical professionals and don't in any way claim to be. We can however (just about) use the internet and read and would encourage everyone that wants to learn more about using sprouts in their diet to do the same. There is tons of info out there, just make sure it is from reputable sources!
There is a lot of misinformation, misleading claims and general BS out there, especially from businesses in the area of health food and nutrition, so be suspicious, be hungry for facts and educate yo-self! 
1. Broccoli sprouts

Daily intake of broccoli sprouts have been shown to improve bowel habits and enhance antioxidant enzyme activity.

Broccoli spouts are a rich source of antioxidants that help improve your bodies defense against oxidative stress in the human colon mucosa

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2. Lentil Sprouts

Lentils have a high protein content, low caloric value and high levels of essential nutrients such as folate, vitamin C and fibre.

Sprouting can increase protein levels in lentils by over 20% and consumption of lentils has been connected to the reduction in the incidence of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

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3. Red Cabbage Sprouts

Red cabbage sprouts are particularly high in Glucosinolates which have an antibiotic-like effect and help ward off bacterial, viral, and fungal infection in the intestines and other parts of the body

Epidemiological studies have confirmed that a high intake of red cabbage and other brassicas has been associated with the risk reduction of certain cancers, such as lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate.

4. Radish Sprouts

Radish sprouts have been shown to enhance antioxidant defense mechanisms and reduce the accumulation of free radicals.

They have been shown to reduce glucose uptake in the intestines and as such have been identified as having potential antidiabetic effects.

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5. Mung bean sprouts

High levels of proteins, amino acids, oligosaccharides, and polyphenols in mung beans are thought to be the main contributors to the antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor activities of this food and are involved in the regulation of lipid metabolism.

During the sprouting process, mung beans undergo a series of biochemical reactions which changes their chemical composition and lead to substantial changes in their pharmacological benefits.

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