In 1999, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the safety of eating raw sprouts. There were some contamination issues which lead to a lot of people being skeptics when it comes to consuming alfalfa, radish and clover sprouts.
However, don’t discount the health benefits of alfalfa sprouts just yet. As long as you prepare the sprouts properly, there is a myriad of nutrients and vitamins that you can get from alfalfa sprouts.
This legume is a member of the pea family, and is one veggie that can be grown and consumed in as little as seven days. Alfalfa sprouts are a great source of phytochemicals, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and molybdenum. They are also rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
The primary benefit that you will enjoy from this list of vitamins and nutrients is that alfalfa sprouts are rich in anti-oxidants which help boost the immune system. They also help lower the risks of the following:
• High Blood Pressure
• Vision Problems
To make sure that the sprouts that you are using are safe to eat, wash them thoroughly with filtered water – and look for the International Sprout Growers Association quality seal to make sure that they are grown with strict quality standards.
The super-nutritious alfalfa sprouts can be added to tossed salads, coleslaw, stir-fried veggies, soups and healthy omelets.