Tip: The Not So Good News About Sprouts
Sprouts became popular in the 1970s as a New Age staple, often replacing lettuce in sandwiches, filling salad bowls, and forming huge mounds of garnish on platters. Sadly, the idea that sprouts are good for health has little science behind it. As the youngest forms of green plants, they are probably full of enzymes associated with new growth, but those compounds are destroyed in our stomachs. In fact, some sprouts might not be good for us at all. Raw legume sprouts contain natural toxins, so I remove raw alfalfa sprouts from any foods that I am being served. I also avoid raw clover, mung bean, lentil, chickpea, and other bean sprouts (which don't taste very good anyway). I have no issue with cooked bean spouts and no objection to raw sprouts of nonleguminous seeds. If you like radish, sunflower, and buckwheat sprouts, go ahead and enjoy eating them. "
i love to sprout - and i love to eat them - so this was quite disturbing. does anyone have any additional (or hopefully conflicting ) information on this?
i just don't want to give up my sprouts!
As for bean sprouts, they are also packed with nutrition. I have never heard of the toxin thing mentioned by Weil. Here is a link to read about the nutritional content of various sprouts: http://www.easygreen.com/articles/nutritional_data.html
I love sprouts, but buy mung sprouts at an Asian grocery 'cause they're really big and tender. I can never get mine like that-they come out stringy. I use a paper towel lined colander and rinse.
Can anyone offer recommendations?
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I think everything is toxic on some level anyways...Hell, even life is an std.
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