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Benefits of broccoli sprouts

california_artist
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Photo Credit seed sprouts - serving suggestion image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com Broccoli sprouts are three- to four-day-old broccoli plants that look like alfalfa sprouts but may be eaten raw or steamed like other green vegetables. They are low in calories, protein-rich and full of powerful phytochemicals, which are compounds in plant foods that offer health benefits, according to the American Cancer Society. These compounds protect the young broccoli plant as well as acting as an antioxidant to stimulate the ability of human cells to fight diseases, such as cancer, according to such sources as the National Cancer Institute.

Basic Nutrition Information
Broccoli sprouts, like other sprouts and cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, are very low in calories. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, a half-cup serving of broccoli sprouts provides 16 calories, 1.4 grams (g) of protein (35 percent of calories from protein), 1.9 g carbohydrates, less than one g fat, zero g sugar, zero milligrams (mg) cholesterol, 2.88 mg sodium and 1.1 g dietary fiber. Broccoli sprouts are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that they are an excellent low-calorie source of many nutrients essential for human health. Broccoli sprouts also contain Vitamins A, C and E and calcium, among a long list of nutrients.

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According to the Stanford Medicine Cancer Center, phytochemicals may play a significant role in reducing the risk of developing cancer. Major cancer-fighting phytochemicals found in broccoli sprouts include carotenoids, glutathione, indoles, monoterpenes, and thiols. Glucoaphanin is a powerful phytochemical found in broccoli. It is a precursor of sulforaphane (SGS).
When broccoli is chewed, glucoraphanin and another enzyme in plant cells, called myrosinase, are released. They work together to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane stimulates the body's immune system to protect cells against free radical damage. A 1992 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University scientists found that the SGS concentration in three- to four-day old broccoli sprouts is 20 times higher than the concentration in full-grown broccoli plants.

Cancer Protection
Consuming broccoli sprouts has been shown to decrease the risk of developing stomach, breast, prostate, colon, skin, lung and bladder cancers in research studies. For example, a 2005 research study published in the Journal "Lancet" concluded that there is strong evidence for a protective effect of cruciferous vegetable consumption on lung cancer.

***Much of the benefit is due to the fact that sulforaphane inhibits disease progression by initiating the death of damaged cells. (That's initiating the death of damaged cells.
:- )

According to a study published in "Cancer Epidemiology," the phytochemicals found in broccoli sprouts help to detoxify (or neutralize) carcinogenic substances from the body, reducing cancer risk.

Healthy Heart
SGS also may improve cholesterol levels. A research study conducted at The Japan Institute for the Control of Aging discovered that those who consumed 3½ ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for one week had lower blood cholesterol levels as well as an increase in HDL "good" cholesterol levels. SGS may also protect the heart by preventing LDL "bad" cholesterol from oxidizing, which encourages fatty plaque to adhere to artery walls.

Food-borne Illness: Safety Precautions
Consuming raw sprouts can be a health hazard as they may be contaminated with salmonella or E. coli. Therefore, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seed sanitation protocols require commercial farmers who grow broccoli sprout seeds soak and sterilize them with calcium hypochlorite prior to sprouting. After this process, seeds are thoroughly rinsed to remove residue. These steps are crucial for food safety. In addition, commercial sprout growers are required to test their sprouts for salmonella and E. soli before they are sent to the marketplace.

Note: I've been growing sprouts and rinse mine two or three times a day to nip any pathogen in the bud. Use spring of filtered water. Read how to grow on line.

May we all live long and healthiest lives we are able.

Thinking of you all,

Claudia

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/94227-broccoli-sprouts-nutrition/#ixzz1hqbSE0SR

RoseyR
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So dear, the only way we can consume these sprouts is to grow them ourselves? What if I am a city girl with no yard?

Alas,

Rosey

RoseyR
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So dear, the only way we can consume these sprouts is to grow them ourselves? What if I am a city girl with no yard?

Alas,

Rosey

RoseyR
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So dear, the only way we can consume these sprouts is to grow them ourselves? What if I am a city girl with no yard?

Alas,

Rosey

RoseyR
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So dear, the only way we can consume these sprouts is to grow them ourselves? What if I am a city girl with no yard?

Alas,

Rosey

RoseyR
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So dear, the only way we can consume these sprouts is to grow them ourselves? What if I am a city girl with no yard?

Alas,

Rosey

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jazzy1
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I've got a friend who grows her own herbs, etc in a container on her balcony in high-rise apartment. Loads of creative ideas for many of us with no yards.

Has anyone checked out Whole Foods? On their site it shows it listed, but in my local stores don't have, at least today. Might be somewhat "seasonal".

(((((( HAPPY NEW YEAR!))))))
Jan

california_artist
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All one needs is a jar, some pure water, a thingy to keep the seeds in the jar and the wherewithall-he he- to remember to rinse twice a day. Baring that, a simple turkey roaster with holes in the bottom and some soil from heaven and you've got another option.

Go online for oodles o people willing to give ya detailed, boring instructions.

Would be more than fabby pooh to have a yard nonetheless to recline in whilst one waits for the little seeds to sprout.

Stokes has Italian sprouting broccoli seeds. Read carefully to be sure you ask for the untreated ones. They have an 800 for those who wish for the kindness of a voice.

Kisses for the new year.

We are all still kicking, eh? Unorthodox, but kicking nonetheless.

california_artist
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Ah! and so I grasp the relevence of the trillion posts problem. Tricky little devil, eh?

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Gracegoi
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I forgot about the search for broccli sprouts. This is very positive info Claudia.

Rosey If you have a Michaels craft store they sell the large size large mouth Ball canning jars. I buy the needle point plastic grids and cut out a circle to replace the metal lid insert.

This is basically the same as purchasing a sprouting kit. You can sprout lots of beans . azuki and mung beans sprout well. Soak the seeds or beans in water for a day , drain then start the rinsing program.

When I have to many bean sprouts or get board with them I put them in the juicer. ( and throw out the pulp LOL! )

I was gifted some Twinnings tea for Christmas. It was so weak .I'm afraid Ive gotten acustom to my own Hootch. I need the knock your socks off stuff.

Wheres CULKA?

Happpy fabulous new year to all.

Grace

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