The Health Benefits of Bean Sprouts and Other Sprouted Foods

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I want to bring up some important things to consider when considering the health benefits and nutritional information regarding sprouted goods. Sprouting is an ancient method of boosting the nutrients of certain foods. They add a massive nutrition boost as well as a sophisticated culinary appearance. Bean sprouts have a few different flavors and all are fairly nutty and have a crunchy texture. Beans Sprouts are technically a Microgreen, or baby green, when they sprout, meaning the plant has been sprouted and has grown to only meet the first true leaf stage. This is when the sprout has the most nutrition, and for a plethora of reasons.


The nutritional content of a bean sprout is very impressive. While eating bean sprouts can aid in weight loss, the health benefits go above and beyond that of just a health food. Bean Sprouts contain a significant amount of Protein, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C. They contain a wide range of minerals such as Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, and Calcium. Rich in beneficial enzymes, Bean Sprouts are a must for a healthy diet.


Free-Radical Cell Fighting Enzymes

Bean sprouts are an amazingly simple food source. Often overlooked and for no known reason. Bean Sprouts and many different sprouted goods are staple parts of many cuisine. Most notably the macrobiotic diet. I won’t get into lengthy detail on diet parameters but basically the diet encompasses mostly nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables and other wholesome plant based foods. The enzymes that are activated during the act of sprouting are essential to helping the body build immunity to Free-Radical Cancer Cells.


Improves Digestion

The amount of enzymes in bean sprouts is very impressive. Enzymes are a vital part of the digestion process, as they help break down food and increase nutrient absorption. Bean Sprouts are known to help clear up stomach ailments such as constipation and diarrhea, and even protect against colorectal cancer.

Anti-Carcinogen / Anti Cancer and Heart Health

The free-radical cells as described above are notorious in the creation of cancer cells. Eating the necessary vitamins, proteins, and amino acids can certainly help reduce free radical content in the body. Eating bean sprouts can provide an immense boost in cardiovascular health and ultimately leads to a longer, healthier, happy life. Eating foods to help counteract developing cancer is by far the best chance we can give ourselves to help in the fight against free radicals.



The reason variety is so important is because each species of bean sprout has it’s very own nutritional and flavor profile. Here is a list of all the known sprouts.

  • Alfalfa
  • Barley
  • Chickpeas
  • Corn
  • Fenugreek
  • Lentils
  • Mung Bean
  • Peas
  • Soya Beans
  • Legumes
  • Wheat

2 thoughts on “The Health Benefits of Bean Sprouts and Other Sprouted Foods

  1. Richard Place

    Good blog Eric. I have been searching for foods containing manganese for my wife. She is having a very difficult time since having sepsis last May and manganese is one the components her doctor said to increase her intake of.

    1. Eric Wolf Post author

      Seeds, Beans, Tea and Whole Grains have a lot of Manganese! Try adding Garbanzos and Sunflower Seeds to your next garden salad at dinner.

      Thanks for checking it out Ricky!!


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