Brocoli Sprouts - what are they and why should I eat them?
As part of the cruciferous family, broccoli sprouts, which are baby Broccoli picked at just 5 days old, are a super food full of powerful nutrients with anti cancer effects that should ideally be eaten every day.
When blended, chopped or chewed, the plant cells are broken down allowing Myrosinase - a family of enzymes, to come into contact with Glucosinolates - a group of naturally occurring plant metabolites, this initiates a chemical reaction that produces isothiocyanates (ICT’s) which have powerful anti cancer compounds that have been shown to detoxify and remove carcinogens, kill cancer and prevent tumors.
Amazing right? And here’s the thing, you would need to eat approximately 10 serves of normal (adult) Brocoli a day to get the benefits.
Brocoli sprouts however are said to contain up to 50x more of the antioxidant sulphoraphane according to research at the Diet Epigenetic Events and Cancer Prevention Symposium.
So as one of the worlds most concentrated natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, amino acids and proteins on earth - the question should be, why wouldn’t you eat them regularly?
Broccoli sprouts can be added to your daily food intake easily and effortlessly.
Here are a few ways we’ve discovered how:
Scatter over salads, scrambled eggs, soup or avocado on toast. Add to your favourite smoothie or your favourite dip or just eat them as as, as a snack.
If you love the benefits of this nutrient dense super food power house and find yourself breaking the budget buying them regularly at approx $6.50 a punnet - never fear, you can grow these little gems at home and it’s not difficult!
CHECK OUT THIS YUMMY SUPERFOOD BROCCOLI SPROUT RECIPE BELOW
1 cup of uncooked soaked quinoa
4 x beetroot
1 x apple