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Sprouting Seeds, Gram And Grains Sprouts And Its Health Benefits

Updated on December 31, 2015
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Sprouts are germinated seeds. It is a live food.

Sprouting can be done the year round. it does not require extra space,is very manageable and require no soil or sunlight. There is no wastage or cooking involved. In fact, it is the easiest way to grow organic food right in the home.

Whole grains or legume seeds like black gram, mung beans etc are soaked in water for 8 to 12 hours depending upon the size and thickness of the seed covering. Wash the seeds well in water to remove all the dust and grime as well as some broken seeds or light seeds which will float when soaked in water.

After the soaking is done for the requisite time the seeds are taken out, washed well with fresh water. Then either put them in a jar with a mesh covering over the mouth of the jar or tie them up loosely in a clean cloth and hang on a peg. Regularly pour water 3-4 times a day on this cloth to keep the seeds wet . If you have put the seeds in a jar dip the jar in water and then drain off the excess water to prevent the seeds from rotting.

In 2 to 3 days depending on the time of the year and the size of the seed you will find the seed to have germinated. The sprouts should not be allowed to become too big else the nutritional value and the taste decreases. Experience teaches one the best time to remove the sprout for consumption.

Normally, sprouts are at their peak nutritional value 24 -72 hours from germination.


Benefits of Sprouting

The method of preparing pulses determines the quantity of nutrients that one can obtain from them. Pulses with the skin are more beneficial than ones with no skin. Soaking pulses in water activates their enzyme system and increases their nutrient value.

Sprouting grains and seeds increases their vitamins and mineral content many times over. It also helps to deactivate some factors that do not allow proper utilisation of some nutrients by the body.

Seed Sprouter


How to sprout & Benefits of sprouting

Health Benefits of Sprouts

Health Benefits Of Sprouts

In the dry state pulses and grains do not exhibit marked vitamin C content but upon soaking in water the vitamin C content is increased many times over. Likewise, sprouting registers increases in folic acid and other B Complex vitamins by 200%-300%.

Phytates and tannin which are present in some pulses get inactivated due to soaking and sprouting, thus making available some nutrients which in their dry state would not have been available to the body.

It is found that soaking black gram and red pea or pigeon pea as it is called, overnight in water removes 50% of their tannin content. Similarly, green gram and green beans show a reduction in tannin content to the tune of 25% which increases to 35-40% if they are soaked for 48 hours.Black gram has phytate too which is 60% of its phosphorus content. But 48 hours after sprouting goes down to 44% but does not decrease the phosphorus content. Iron content too increases 200% after sprouting.

Sprouting also makes the pulses more digestible.

That pulses cause gas or wind in the body is well known. Black gram causes the most amongst all the pulses. The oligosaccharides are the cause of this gas production. Because the human digestive system does not have the enzymes to digest the oligosaccharide content in pulses, they can only be digested in the large intestine which has bacteria capable of digesting these sugars.

Sprouting reduces the oligosaccharide content of the pulses. This increases by 25-70%, 48-72 hours, post sprouting.

Sprouting therefore, lessens gas production due to consumption of pulses.

Enzymes are produced in abundance during sprouting. These enzymes are a power house of energy and counteract the 'always tired feeling'.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

Growing leafy sprouts in a sprouts maker


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Kristen for appreciating this hub in so many ways. Eating sprouts regularly will furnish the body so many nutrients that get destroyed by cooking. It will start radiating in how you feel and look.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I haven't had sprouts in my salads in a long time. I'm going to consider adding them in the future. Very useful and voted up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Excellent tips on growing sprouts. We can certainly use all the healthy tips we can get in this day and age!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I also love sprouts, most especially the mung bean sprouts. thanks for sharing! :)

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Sprouts are delicious, Rajan. Thank you for reminding us of all their nutritional benefits. Wonderful HUB.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ofcourse swathi, thanks for the feedback.

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      swathi180 6 years ago

      I love sprouts,but adding some salt,pepper,onion and lemon juice makes them more delicious so that i can eat them regularly :-)Thanks for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for being here and leaving your comments Sneha.

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      I just love to eat sprouts raw. Usually I eat them raw but I only fry chickpea a bit with some onions and a little bit of salt, but no spices. I love them. Great share.. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi kawaljit, Sprouts become rotten if allowed to soak for a long period and also if germinated for a long time. Your comments are much valued and thanks for voting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for adding spice to your comments, WD Curry. I really love them. Good to see you too.

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      Kawaljit kaur 6 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

      rajan jolly ji,



      My sprouts sometimes used to get rotten. Here I got the point. vote up. Thanks for sharing.

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      Finally, something that you aren't light years ahead of me on. You are preaching to the choir, now. Thank you for bringing this up. Anyone can do this, anywhere. I am especially fond of the delicate sprouts from a common "weed", lambs quarters. If the grid crashes, I will be eating well. Good to see you again and much respect. Peace.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kris & TransferAmerica, thanks for stopping by, reading and leaving your comments.Sprouts are healthy and health is wealth.

      Glad to have 2 new readers here.

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      TransferAmerica 6 years ago from Torrance, CA

      Nice informational hub! Health is extremely important these days.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      I love sprouts - they are so healthy! Great hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Sunshine, I'm floored by your speed. Here I am, still sharing this post with others and I see you have already commented. Thank you and oh yes, health topics do need a shout out.

      Good to know you like sprouts.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delicious hub Rajan! I enjoy all types of sprouts! Thank you for the shout-out to sprouts!!