All About Sprouts | Health Benefits & Safety

Author: Kyla Schnellert  •  Date: January 29, 2019  •  Appears in: Recipe

All About Sprouts | Health Benefits & Safety

Along with being an amazing and delicious way to step up your salad and sandwich game, sprouts also provide your body with a slew of amazing health benefits. To name a few, sprouts can help with your digestion, boost your metabolism, boost skin health, prevent anemia, help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, improve your vision and much, much more.Sprouts may even be able to help protect you against a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as various types of cancers and osteoporosis2 – amazing!

However, it is important to keep in mind that, whether you bought them at the grocery store or sprouted them yourself at home, there is a chance that these delcious greens may carry Salmonella, E. coli, and/or other bacteria. It is thought that the main risk of sprout contamination occurs not due to careless shipping and handling processes (although this can play a role in it), but actually from the seed itself3.

Here are some steps you can take to ensure you're eating these delicious greens in the safest way possible:

  • Only buy crisp-looking sprouts. Avoid sprouts that look dark or smell musty. 4
  • Ensure they are not expired before purchasing.
  • Keep sprouts separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood in the grocery cart to avoid cross-contamination. 4
  • Only purchase refrigerated sprouts and make sure you keep them refrigerated at home. 
  • Thoroughly wash before cooking (a good idea for any vegetable!) 4 5
  • Cook your sprouts thoroughly to kill any harmful bad guys that still might be hanging in there! 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Government of Canada both recommend that children, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind to reduce your risk of food posioning of any kind6.

Stay healthy, friends! Click here for more amazing food tips, articles, and news.

Sources:

1 Health Benefits Of Sprouts – https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/sprouts.html

2 Risks Associated with the Consumption of Fresh Sprouts – http://www.sproutnet.com/Risks-Associated-With-the-Consum

3 Raw Sprouts Are Risky – http://amazingribs.com/blog/raw_sprout_are_risky.html

4 Sprouts – http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alim...

6 Sprouts – https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/types/fruits/sprouts.html

Kyla Schnellert

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Kyla is the social gal behind Soilmate's social media. She's passionate about good food, lavender in all of it's forms, and makes a pretty decent batch of kombucha!
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