WHAT EXACTLY ARE MICROGREENS?
Microgreens are THE most nutritionally packed food ON PLANET EARTH. They contain UP TO 50x MORE NUTRITIONAL VALUE THAN FULL GROWN VEGETABLES, with a flavor & texture to match just about any meal! Add MICROS to your pasta, pizza, soup, salad, sandwich, or create an entire dish made of Microgreens. The options and health benefits are endless.
Since their introduction to the Californian restaurant scene in the 1980s, microgreens have steadily gained popularity.
These aromatic greens are rich in flavor and add a welcome splash of color & texture to a variety of dishes.
Despite their small size, they pack a nutritional punch, often containing 40x higher nutrient levels than more mature vegetable greens. This makes them a good addition to every diet.
Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 1–3 inches (2.5–7.5 cm) tall.
They are considered baby plants, falling somewhere between a sprout and baby green.
That said, they shouldn’t be confused with sprouts, which do not have leaves. Sprouts also have a much shorter growing cycle, whereas microgreens are usually harvested 7–21 days after germination, once the plant’s first true leaves have emerged.
Microgreens can be grown from many different types of seeds.
Their taste can vary greatly depending on the variety,
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Health Benefits of Microgreens
Eating vegetables is linked to a lower risk of many diseases.
This is likely thanks to the high amounts of vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds they contain.
Microgreens contain similar and often greater amounts of these nutrients than mature greens. As such, they may similarly reduce the risk of the following diseases:
Heart disease: Microgreens are a rich source of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Animal studies show that microgreens may lower triglyceride and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
Alzheimer’s disease: Antioxidant-rich foods, including those containing high amounts of polyphenols may be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Diabetes: Antioxidants may help reduce the type of stress that can prevent sugar from properly entering cells. In lab studies, fenugreek microgreens appeared to enhance cellular sugar uptake by 25–44%.
Certain cancers: Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in polyphenols, may lower the risk of various types of cancer. Polyphenol-rich microgreens may be expected to have similar effects
Source - Healthline.com