What Are The Benefits of Microgreens?
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It is long overdue that microgreens came to the attention of the culinary world for their nutritional properties. For far too long they have only been used as garnish or perhaps to add flavor to vinaigrettes. Whilst their use as such may have added color or taste, their nutritional value was rarely considered or taken advantage of.
Today this is changing as more and more people are starting to pay attention to their bodies and the nutrition they need for a healthy whilst busy lifestyle. As the number of fast-food restaurants increases, so does the numbers of people suffering from obesity and the health problems it promotes.
Some microgreens have already been included in the lists of superfoods but there is a case to add more as each individual type of microgreens possesses an abundance of one vitamin, mineral or nutrient, always more nutritious than their bigger, more fully grown namesakes.
Microgreens Contain Polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidant compounds which are known to relieve the build-up of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are molecules or atoms which can inflict damage on cells and therefore sometimes lead to chronic disease.
Microgreens Are High In Nutrients. Most vegetables are well-known for containing high amounts of nutrients and vitamins, especially Vitamins A, C and K as well as other beneficial properties such as high levels of manganese and folate.
Microgreens contain the same nutrients as their fully grown vegetable and often as much as 4 to 40 times more (by weight). This is due to them being harvested young whilst they still contain the added nutrients needed for the growth and flowering of the adult plant.
Microgreens Improve Your Heart Health. Microgreens, like vegetables, are known to help keep the heart healthy. Although neither vegetables nor microgreens are a fix-all solution to a healthy heart on their own, as part of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, they certainly can play a major role.
Microgreens Reduce Chronic Disease Risk. Microgreens are known to be able to help reduce inflammation and are widely thought to be able to assist in lowering the risk of several different types of cancer. Microgreens have also been associated with lowering obesity and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Microgreens Are Easy and Convenient. As mentioned, microgreens are harvested young, when their stems are only about 2 or 3 inches high and they have their first leaves. This means that they are compact and easy to use requiring no peeling or cutting.
Although microgreens are packed with nutritional value, in order to make full use of their nutritional potential they should be eaten fresh.
Microgreens will generally only retain their full nutritional potential for a day after harvesting, after which time these nutritional values start to wane and so are less beneficial even if their taste may linger longer. To this end, it is essential that microgreens are eaten as soon after harvesting as possible if they are being consumed for their nutritional qualities.
As with any food you want to eat for its nutritional properties and so eat it regularly, you should choose a microgreen variety that you like the flavor of. With so many to choose from you may even want to try some of the more exotic vegetable types you have only heard of.
Of course, if you grow your own you will have a wide variety of choices of seeds and can buy them wholesale from Todd’s Seeds. If however, you are not planning to grow your own it would also be wise to decide on a variety which you know you can purchase fresh in your vicinity.
As the nutritional properties of microgreens are only recently being acknowledged, supplies of truly fresh produce are still too few and far between and so as an additional advantage, many people could benefit financially by buying seeds and growing microgreens to sell them locally.
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