Why sprout lentils? You bring back the life into your legumes by re-igniting the nutritional fire within them! You see, when you soak your lentils and let them sprout, you are letting them reconnect with the purest source of energy on earth — water. Since your lentils are sprouting, they become a superfood, a living, fresh, delicious source of enzymes, protein, and minerals.
Adding lentil sprouts to your diet is an excellent place to start when building your gut bacteria and food-processing enzymes.
“A healthy gut is the foundation for all other healthy organs. If your colon is inflamed and toxic, no matter how hard you try to eat healthy, you’ll have those toxins running into your bloodstream. Gotta flush them out with some good colonics!” – Alicia Partida
Our team of health experts has enjoyed sprouting lentils and other legumes for a long time (especially Alicia). With their insights and experience, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of sprouting lentils.
We have made a how-to video on sprouting lentils, and we are going to give you some “delish” for your lentil sprouts in upcoming posts. First, we will elaborate on why sprouts are so promising for you.
What is a sprout?
Lentils fall into the category of a seed, grain, or legume. Most of the nutritional advantages to your body are suppressed by anti-nutrients (phytic acid). To unlock the storehouse of nutrients for your health, you need to open the door to all those nutrients so that when digesting, your body can absorb them and benefit from them, instead of just shoving it along the colon and out into the toilet.
Unlocked enzymes and nutrients
What’s so bad about phytic acid? This acid binds with calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc, making it nearly impossible for you to absorb those nutrients. While your digestive system tries to fight its way to these wonderful nutrients for your bones, skin, eyes, and brain, it keeps getting the denied. This makes your colon sad and mad, leading to irritated, inflamed colons and other syndromes. It’s also irritating to your digestive system.
When you sprout, the lentil comes to life and unlocks its innate abilities. Now, you’re ready to chew on that superfood and taste the crunchy zest! The phytic acid is neutralized and the enzyme inhibitors are eliminated.
Your lentils (or other seed/grain/legume) are now much easier to digest when sprouted, and you will assimilate more nutrients.
Nutritional values of sprouted lentils
Sprout People give this nutritional info for sprouts:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K Calcium, Carbohydrates, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
- All Amino Acids
- Protein: up to 35%”
Now you know why you would benefit from sprouting your lentils. Make your way to your local farmer’s market and get a hold of some lentils! The process is very easy as shown by our team in this video. The benefits for your overall health are more protein, better nutrient absorption, and stronger intestinal flora.
To your health!
Have you ever tried sprouting lentils? Tell us about your experience in the comments!