Bean sprouts have all sorts of benefits as a source of food, and a food you can really feel good about eating! There are all sorts of sprouts too: mung, sunflower, lentil, alfalfa, etc. which are all equally healthy for you, and really should be a mainstay of your diet. I try to get them into my diet as much as possible, and eat full sprout salads a few times a week because of their amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Why are Sprouts so good for you?
They are low in calories, around 31 calories in 1 whole cup of raw sprouted beans (one serving size), and very low in fat, almost 0.2g. With 3.2g of protein, which is 11% of your recommended daily amount (RDA), available and around 2g of fiber (8% RDA),they have a decent potassium content (4% RDA) , while being low in sodium, and contain 22% of your RDA of Vitamin C. These sprouts are truly a dieters dream; they fill you up with their fiber content, and you stay full longer because they have protein in them to keep you satiated.
Putting a few different types of bean sprouts together in a salad is awesome because you can get such a great mix of flavors, and power packed with nutrition. They can have more crunch, if you want to eat them raw, or softer if you want to steam or cook them, and you can also mix raw and cooked together, along with adding some other veggies to mix up flavors and add even more nutrition. My favorites? A mix of alfalfa, sunflower, garbanzos, red lentils, green lentils, radish, peas, and azuki. I love the mixture of flavors, and I eat them sprouted raw!
They are versatile, filled with flavor, and packed with nutrition, all while low on fat and calories, and I see no downside to adding more to your diet….and I bet you will see some benefits and feel better!
Yours in Good Health