Life in plants &
animals is attributed to the essential presence of five principal elements –
Sun, Space, Air, Water & Earth by Holy Vedas. Seeds as such are not active
yet alive but when we cook them by roasting & boiling, they are totally
dead & lose the power to reproduce. And when put to germination in presence
of air & water they turn alive & dynamic & start growing to there
parental plant form. So, eating sprouts means getting all the essential five
elements in their natural proportion & also eating a sprout means eating a
whole plant extract. Eating raw fruits & vegetables have always an edge
over the cooked food. The pulses which can’t be taken uncooked fulfil the
requirement of raw food on germination.
The chemical changes which take
place during the process change the ordinary water to organic one, the complex
proteins to simple ready to assimilate
amino acids, starch to instant energizer glucose, hard to digest fats to
their simple readily digestible forms, the quantity of vitamins raises
wonderfully & loss of B-Complex group vitamins & vitamin-C does not
occur as the sprouts are always advised raw & are not heated. Though the
millets & cereals are rich in minerals yet the minerals are not available
to the body due to their complex bindings with Phytates. The phytates break
only on germination to provide bound phosphorus to seeds & in the process
the important minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc & Iron become
absorbable to the body.
The miraculous Vitamin-E is maximum
in wheat germ & other oil yielding seeds. Researchers find its major role
in male as well as female infertility. Apart from being anti-abortive, it
treats so many other gynae problems also. The antioxidant properties of natural
vitamin-E guard against serious diseases like Cancer, Strokes, Arthritis,
Diabetes etc. . Recent studies show that Vitamin-E boost the immune system of
older people to strengthen their resistance to infections. It also prevents
narrowing of blood vessels & thus in a way guard the heart. Muscle cramps
can be cured with this vitamin.
So sprouts push aside the synthetic
multi vitamins & inorganic minerals. Also you are safe against the overdose
Germinated wheat, alpha-alpha, fenugreek seeds, sesame
etc. have certain medicinal values also.
The outer coatings of the germinated
seeds provide a good quantity of fiber also which helps to clean the bowels.
Further the sprouts need more of chewing & mastication –exercise of the
jaws. Mixing of saliva makes them further digestible.
Sprouts can be the best bet for the
people who want a weight loss. Their different natural taste does not allow you
to eat more than your appetite. Another plus point is that no chemical
pollutants are added to the sprouts to make them palatable.
Wheat, Grams, Peas, Moong, Mothe,
Lobiya, Bajra, Alpha-Alpha, Groundnuts, Almonds, Seeds of sesame, Fenugreek.
Sunflower are such which germinate easily.
While the cereals yield much of
complex-B vitamins, the pulses have added good proteins. Millets & Cereals
are rich in minerals while oil seeds are saturated with fats. So while going
for the sprouts, a sensible mixture of the above can give you the best of
A sour & salty salad can be
prepared by adding onions, mint & coriander leaves, fresh ginger, green
chilies, cucumber & tomatoes with lemon juice.
. The addition of some honey,
dates(fresh or dried), gurh (jaggery),
raisins & figs etc. make a high quality nourishment for the children
as well as for the old ones. Grinding this mixture into a paste can be tried
for the weaning infants but in small quantities. Blending the sprouts with
milk, sugarcane juice, orange juice can be the best energizer for the people
who can not chew or the patients recovering from the wasting diseases. A
porridge made from the dried germinated wheat is a delicious recipe.
Germination in winters is slightly difficult &
time consuming but you can do it faster in a very simple way. Soak the seeds in
fresh water for about twelve hours till they absorb enough water & become
slightly soft. Drain out the excess of water thoroughly & put the seeds in
a caserol covering properly with the lid. This retains the heat produced during
the chemical changes taking place & results in faster germination.
Keeping the sprouts in Sunlight can be more
One should be careful to consume the sprouts to the
optimum of their freshness. Keeping them not preserved for longer periods can
cause contamination. Slightly warm & humid atmosphere causes fungal growth
on sprouts. So, the sprouts should be best avoided during rainy season.
real vigor from the economical sprouts can only be felt after you adopt them in regular diet.
Dr Satish Bajaj
7 A.G.C.R Enclave
Ph.011 22374713, Mob: 9868569986