I never knew that beans sprout can be juiced till a juicing enthusiast friend of mine introduced me into a whole new world of sprout juicing, and I loved it. Personal I prefer to grow my own sprout at home, it is an easier and more accessible way to get more sprout into my juice. By now you might be wondering, what the hell is beans sprout? Is it a vegetable or what? Beans sprout are simply edible shoot of certain types of beans; which simple means that they are a result of germination process. This process make the nutrients in the beans more profound. The beans protein becomes pre-digested by specific seed enzymes and transformed into amino acids. Starch is then converted into glucose and fructose, while the water, vitamin and mineral content increases. To make beans sprout I suggest you use mung beans, which is the commonly used beans for sprouting. Other options are adzuki beans, lentis, alfalfa seeds, fenugreek seeds, and cabbage seeds. Dried beans works best for sprouting. Personally I prefer to juice my sprout but most people prefer eating it raw. If you wish to cook them, just make sure that it doesn’t exceed 30 seconds or less, cooking it for long will wilt the sprout.
Bean Sprout has an amazing array of vitamins and minerals which includes vitamin (A,B,C,D,E and K). Sprout also contains a significant amount of protein and dietary fiber. They are also rich in folate and it’s a great source of iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous magnesium and zinc. One thing that distinguishes sprouts from other vegetables is that fact that unlike other ripe vegetables whose nutritional value decreases after being harvested, sprout still retains its nutrients until consumed. Many of its nutrients tend to increase as the sprout continues to develop. Isoflavones is the estrogen-like phytochemical found in mung bean that is responsible for is numerous health properties.
Health Benefits of Beans Sprouts
- Anemia: Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lack enough healthy red blood cells or haemoglobin, which is usually as a result of iron deficiency in the body. The symptoms of anemia are general fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness, tongue swelling or soreness. The good news is that beans sprout is rich in iron which play a vital role in the synthesis of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein found in the red blood cells. Also beans sprout are rich in vitamin c, which enhances the absorption of iron from the intestine, and in turn treats anemia caused by iron deficiency.
- Heart Health: Regular consumption of sprout is recommended for a healthy heart, because sprouts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. According mercola.com an Italian study of 11,324 heart attack survivor found that patients supplementing with fish oil (omega-3) remarkably reduced their risk of another heart attack, stroke or death. Also beans sprout is rich in potassium and has being shown to help reduce blood pressure and releases the tension in arteries and blood vessels, which helps increases circulation and oxygenation, while reducing clothing and lowering the risk of atherosclerosis and strokes
- Infant health: Folate helps your body produce DNA, amino acids and red blood cells, making it essential for the prevention of anemia and birth defects. One of the most common side effect of folate deficiency is neural tube defect which are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. They happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows that she is pregnant. Sprout being high in folate helps protect infant from such defects
- Fights Obesity and Helps with Weight Loss: Beans sprout are high in protein and fiber, it feels you up faster more than most vegetables. They are also high in nutrient and low in calories. Researchers found that a single meal with high-fiber beans sprout produced a two-fold greater increase in the satiety hormone called cholecystokinin when compared to meals that didn’t contain beans. Another great point to note is that beans sprout is high in protein, and the more the protein in the body the lesser the fat, That’s why it makes perfect sense to consume more of it for weight-loss. So therefore eating mung beans can help reduce food intake and boost weight loss.
- Immune System: Like I said before, as the sprout continues to develop, its nutrients continues to multiply. Vitamins is one of the nutrient which continues to multiply steadily and it contains an ample amount of antioxidant that helps strengthen the immune system and serves as a powerful stimulant for white blood cells to fight off infections.
- Vision and Eye Health: Since beans sprout is rich in vitamin A, it makes perfect sense when consumed regularly for a good eye sight. Some studies revealed that it can help ward off macular degeneration, cataract, and glaucoma, and also acts as an antioxidant agent to protect the cells of the eye from free radical damage.
- Cold Sores: Lysine, is an enzyme found in beans sprout and can help inhibit the growth of cold sores and even treat them.
- Skin anti-aging effect: Phytoestrogens found in mung bean sprouts has been shown act on certain estrogen-receptors found in the skin. This stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin, which are vital components of the skin’s structure. Thats why some nutritionist will advise you to consume mung beans sprout regularly to prevent many age-related problems.
- Low Calories, Variable Protein: Beans Sprout contains significant amount of protein and low in calories. As you know already protein is needed for most of the bodily process like organ repair, creation and maintenance of cells, skin regeneration, bone growth, muscle development. With that said consuming your sprout regularly is an easy way of improving the overall functioning and development of your body. Vegan and Vegetarians benefits the most from consuming beans sprout, because beans sprout serves as a good source protein for them.
Beans sprouts are best eaten raw, juiced or added to other vegetable juices. If you must cook, make sure not to overcook it, 30 second is ok. They can also be used in other variety of dishes like salads, appetizers, side dishes and snacks.