As the name suggests, sprouted wheat refers to the wheat kernels which have been sprouted.Germinated wheat sprouts are an effective and economical tonic to improve general health. Buy some whole grains, and sprout a handful of seeds by keeping the soaked wheat 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.
At 3 days of sprouting, much of the original carbohydrate is converted to natural sugars, making it less mucus forming. During the 3 days of sprouting, the vitamin E content can increase 300%, vitamin C increase 600%, and the B vitamins have been found to increase from 20% to 1200%, with B17, the 'anti-cancer vitamin' 100% more than in unsprouted seed. Wheat sprouts are very tasteful and add a nutty like flavor and chewy texture to the foods.
How to select
If sprouting at home, then look for good quality wheat kernels. While buying wheat 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.
· There is nothing like fresh wheat sprouts in a salad. Sprouts can be cooked quickly with a dab of Soya sauce and a dash of fresh flax oil to make a delicious meal.
· Sprouts make a pleasant addition to soup as long as they are added a few minutes before turning off the heat.
· Sprouted wheat can be used to prepare breads or can be tossed on any cooked food, such as rice, pasta, and vegetable stir fry dishes.
How to store
Store the sprouts in a cloth bag in refrigerator and use within 3-4 days.
· Studies show that sprouts have 3 to 5 times the vitamin content of the seed they sprouted from. And as for Vitamin C, sprouts have over 30 times the vitamin C content of the original seed. Wheat grain sprouts have a lot of vitamins and also have a good amount of protein and enzymes.
· By eating wheat sprouts, we also get the benefit of the wheat germ, a rich source of vitamin E (usually removed in flour milling).
· Wheat sprouts are rich in dietary fibre, are live foods with enzymes and an excellent storehouse of nutrients. They should be made an integral part of every body's diet.