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Posted on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 19:06

You've heard the British called limeys.  Most people know it's because they carried limes on their voyages to prevent scurvy.  Most people don't know that before that, up to half the crew died on long voyages from scurvy.  Or that Captain Cook, who sailed the seas before the British were called limeys, had no deaths at all from scurvy.  Why?  Because his crew ate their sprouts.  Sprouts contain more vitamin C than limes.   

I became interested in sprouts because it was just a nuisance to try to keep enough fresh produce around to fill the my needs.  My gardening efforts didn't go well, and the produce at the store was not that good. Frozen food was limited to freezer space I wanted to sacrifice.  Canned?  That was about the only solution, except that so much of the nutrition is destroyed by canning.  And the produce spoils so fast.  What to do?  I started sprouting for convenient fresh produce.  Plus, I don't have to worry about mishandling of my sprouts.  I can buy all the seeds I like, and they're good just about indefinitely. And those seeds don't take a whole lot of room to store.  

Two tablespoons of mung seed will yield about a quart of sprouts.  The actual food value of the sprouted seed is higher than the seed itself, because the sprouts absord minerals from the water they are rinsed in and make chloraphyl from the sunshine, or other source of light.  Chloraphyl is nearly the same molecule as our hemoglobin, differing mainly by having magnesium as its base rather than iron. People with anemia have benefitted from eating sprouts, most likely because the body converts the chloraphyl into hemoglobin with the substitution of magnesium with iron.  

During World War II there was an effort by our government to educate the population on sprouts to avert famine in the event of disruption of the food supply.  It's not impossible for that to happen now. Look at Chinese food.  Most of the dishes are a variation on the sprout theme.  Why?  Probably because the Chinese needed to avert famine quite a few times in their history and they did it with sprouts.  

But I'm not worried about famine! you say.  Well, consider nutrition.  When a seed sprouts, it releases digestive enzymes that cause it to digest itself, enabling the nurishment of the sprout to sustain the new plant as it grows.  If you eat that sprout, you don't even have to digest it.  It digests itself.  

Consider broccoli sprouts.  Recents studies done at Johns Hopkins show that about half a cup of broccoli sprouts a day can prevent digestive systemcancers.  How?  Well, the fact that cabbage has a chemical in it that prevents digestive system cancers is true for the broccoli sprout, a member of the cabbage family.  Except that the sprout contains fifty times more of the chemical than the mature plant.  

Some claim amazing health benefits from eating sprouts, like seeing their gray hair go back to its original color.  Or improvement in fingernails.  That was the thing I noticed when I ate sprouts.  I had almost no moons in my fingernails before.  I have them now.  This is a measure of adequate mineralization of the body.  

Well, I could say more, but I hope I've alerted you to your need for sprouts.  



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Posted on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 06:45

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Hi Liv,

I was very interested to hear of your actual work with sprouts.  I've heard people cite studies before, but never anyone who actually did the study themselves.  I'm also glad to hear I've reminded you about it, because I've come to feel that it's an urgent matter for people to do more about their nutrition.  Our processed food diet is just plain dangerous.  It's been so much fun to hear from such intelligent people like you.  Thank you.

Bab



Hey Bab,

 

You are an absolute star! And I enjoy your blogs. Yes, my work with the sprouts was very interesting and challenging. But I had mostly forgotten about it as I no longer practice in the field of Biochemistry. But it was good to be reminded of the good old days :-).

 

Once again, thanks for sharing such interesting topics.

 

Liv.



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Posted on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 16:43

Thanks BZC!



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Posted on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 16:17

I like your blog! It's great that more and more people are realizing the importance of nutrition and eating cleanly. You're an inspiration.



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Posted on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 15:31

Hi Miss MC!

 

You love sprouts!?  This is music to my ears!  I think the cravings when one is expecting is not in the imagination.  It makes you wonder what vital nutrient Brussel sprouts have.  I know I love every single member of the cabbage family in any way it's prepared.  

 

Bab

Oh, PS Sarah, I'm embarassed that I got confused about your name.  I've got it now.



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Posted on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 08:34

I love sprouts and bizarrely when my mum was expecting me she had a craving for raw Brussel sprouts.

 

Sarah :-)



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Posted on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 18:22

Hi Liv,

I was very interested to hear of your actual work with sprouts.  I've heard people cite studies before, but never anyone who actually did the study themselves.  I'm also glad to hear I've reminded you about it, because I've come to feel that it's an urgent matter for people to do more about their nutrition.  Our processed food diet is just plain dangerous.  It's been so much fun to hear from such intelligent people like you.  Thank you.

Bab



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Posted on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 13:56

Bab,

 

What an interesting blog! Many years ago, as part of my BSc thesis, I sprouted seeds of cowpea/black eye pea at various stages of growth and analysed their digestibility. The digestibility of the sprouts is definitely significantly higher than the seeds. The results were indeed interesting; the nutrient uptake was optimal.

 

I have completely forgotten about this scientific fact until now and thanks for bringing this back to the fore.

 

Liv.



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Posted on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 07:33

Hi Diana, 

Thank you for your kind words and your interest! That is a great idea, blog sprouts lessons 101



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Posted on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 07:23

I'm so glad to hear you sprout.  Do you have favorite sprout dishes?



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Posted on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 22:02

Bab,

I grow my own sprouts too. Love them!!!........ BeWell



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 21:36

Great Blog Bab.  This is info I did not know.  Can you post pictures of your sprouts containers and more details on how you sprout?  My gardening efforts have been dismal as well.  It's been over 100 and no rain for the last two weeks in Dallas.



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