Care of Amy Symington
If you are looking for the food that provides the absolute most nutrition bang for your buck, you must meet the mighty broccoli sprout.
These powerful little guys pack a mean nutritional punch and you can grow them in your own home for minimal investment! Seeds cost only a couple dollars to grow massive amounts of greens right in your own kitchen (or office, or living room, really anywhere!) making them a great winter produce option.
You have probably heard that the cruciferous veggies of the world (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts etc) are incredibly healthy. This is thanks in part to a compound called sulforaphane, which has been the center of much cancer research. Sulforaphane actually improves the liver’s ability to detoxify toxic compounds in the body, including carcinogens (cancer causers). As confirmed by several studies, this compound means cruficerous vegetables protect against many types of cancer, especially that of the breast. Because of this, cruciferous vegetables are considered some of the most nutrient-dense plants on Earth.
Recently, researchers have discovered that the sprouts of these veggies can contain up to 100 times the amount of sulforaphane as fully matured vegetables. This is especially true for broccoli, as a single ounce of the sprouts contain sulforaphane equivalent to 1.5 pounds of broccoli! It has been concluded that eating a small amount of the sprouts is just as protective as eating larger quantities of the fully developed plants.
Sprouting is incredibly easy and requires minimal equipment to get started, you can usually build your own sprouter for less than $3 using a mason jar and piece of screen purchased from a dollar store. Sprouts are ready after about 3 days and can be enjoyed in salads, on sandwiches and even in smoothies for some sneaky nutrition!