sprouted fenugreek seeds
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An absolutely gorgeous sprout from the most aromatic of seeds (Fenugreek is known more as a spice). Fenugreek is easy to grow and extremely nutritious. It does have a flavor that most consider bitter, but those who like it, love it. As the name suggests, sprouted fenugreek seeds refers to the fenugreek seeds which have been sprouted. Buy some whole seeds, and sprout a handful of seeds by keeping soaked fenugreek seeds in a muslin cloth or perforated container. The seeds become living food as soon as germination takes place and valuable enzymes are activated. Once eaten, these enzymes act as catalysts that perform important functions in the body, such as: to aid metabolism, neutralise toxins, cleanse the blood, and provide energy for innumerable bodily functions. sprouting increases the nutrient density of food. During the 3 days of sprouting, the vitamin E content can increase 300%, vitamin C increase 600%, and the B vitamins,especially vitamin B6 have been found to increase from 20% to 1200%, with B17, the 'anti-cancer vitamin' 100% more than in unsprouted seed. Fenugreek is actually a legume, but we considered it too confusing to put it in our Bean section.
How to select
If sprouting at home, then look for good quality fenugreek seeds. While buying fenugreek sprouts, select the ones which are kept in the refrigerated section. Select the sprouts which are small in size and not the ones with long, white tails.
• The seeds either in the forms of whole seeds, sprouted, powder, sauce or as paste used in a variety of spicy dishes in many parts of Middle-East, India, Mediterranean and Central Asian regions.
• The seeds should be added in small quantities in food because they have strong aroma and bitter taste.
• Fenugreek is one of the chief ingredients in curry powder.
• Small quantity of sprouted seeds added to vegetables and lentil dishes enhaces the flvour along with its nutritional value.
• Sprouted fenugreek seeds are used in salads, paste, dips, fillings, etc.
How to store
Store the sprouts in a cloth bag in refrigerator and use within 3-4 days.
• Fenugreek seeds are rich source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. 100 g seeds provide 323 calories.
• Sprouted fenugreek seeds are a very good source of soluble dietary fiber. Soaking the seeds in water makes their outer coat soft and mucilaginous. 100 g of seeds provide 24.6 g or over 65% of dietary fiber.
• Non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) compounds help lower blood LDL-cholesterol levels by inhibiting bile salts re-absorption in the colon.
• It has been established that amino-acid present in the fenugreek seeds has facilitator action on insulin secretion. In addition, fiber in the seeds helps lower rate of glucose absorption in the intestines thus controls blood sugar levels.
• Sprouted fenugerek seeds are an excellent source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium.
• It is also rich in many vital vitamins that are essential nutrients for optimum health, including thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, and vitamin-C.
• If used regularly, fenugreeks may help control cholesterol, triglyceride as well as high blood sugar (glycemic) levels in diabetics.