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Why This Gut Doctor Says You Should Be Sprouting

"It's literally the freshest food on the planet."

  • Posted on 17th Jun, 2022 10:35 AM
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Behold: an easy, affordable DIY project with incredible benefits for your gut health. Count us in, right? We talked with gastroenterologist Will Bulsiewicz, M.D., MSCI, author of The Fiber-Fueled Cookbook, on a recent episode of the mindbodygreen podcast, and he told us about the DIY planting project that he thinks everyone should be doing. “If you’re not sprouting, you should be," he says.

What is sprouting?

So what is sprouting exactly? Well, it’s precisely what it sounds like: Sprouting is the process of growing edible sprouts from beans and legumes. Specifically, Bulsiewicz is referring to the easy, indoor-friendly method of using jars or bags to grow your sprouts—no soil necessary. “It’s literally the freshest food on the planet, because there is zero time lapse between when you harvest and when you consume,” Bulsiewicz says. 

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The gut health benefits.

Sprouting takes the nutrient profile of your beans and legumes to the next level. “It increases the fiber, it increases the protein, it increases the vitamins, and they also will take on these [therapeutic] properties,” Bulsiewicz says. For example, sprouted lentils have twice the antioxidant content as unsprouted, and broccoli sprouts contain higher amounts of the antioxidant sulforaphane than the mature broccoli plant. 

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One study even showed that sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts activated enzymes in the body that picked up pollutants from the bloodstream and flushed them out via urine—talk about a natural detoxifier.

But perhaps the best part about sprouting is that it’s fairly accessible. Not only is sprouting less expensive than growing many other foods at home, but it also takes hardly any space or materials. “You could live in Manhattan and have a 400-square-foot apartment. And guess what? All you need is one square foot on your kitchen counter. That’s it," he notes.

If you want to try out sprouting for yourself, here’s a simple how-to guide for sprouting your beans and legumes at home

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The takeaway. 

Sprouting boasts tons of benefits. Not only are sprouts incredibly nutritious, but the process of growing them is easy, relatively inexpensive, and only requires a few minutes of care. Sprouts are just one of the many foods that can kick-start good gut health; you can read about the other items Bulsiewicz swears by here

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