a Source of Nutritious Substances
Publish date:11 January 2017
You have definitely seen in various hypermarkets or even kitchens small, bright green colored little grains. There are the so-called germinated seeds or germs, for short. Curiosity is known to open our appetite, so let’s find more about these germinated seeds.
You can think of germinated seeds as the embryo of the seed. They are, in fact, the reproductive part, which, through germination, allows it to grow into a mature plant. Therefore, the germinated seeds will contain the same characteristics and benefits as the plants into which they will transform, which is why they are worth eating.
Germinated seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, as well as healthy fats. In order to preserve these properties, the most useful recommendation for their consumption is: as close to the natural state as possible.
For instance, they can be consumed raw in a salad, as a side dish or in addition to a cream soup. Of course, they can be used in any meal, if you use your imagination. Just remember that they preserve their vitamin content only as long as they are not thermally-treated.
From the wealth of germinated seeds, we present you the four most commonly used in foods:
Broccoli germinated seeds
It is well known that broccoli is a plant with numerous health benefits, which deserves to be included in our daily diet. When it isn’t available we can use its germinated seeds, which are rich in proteins, vitamins A, B, C, E and K – a real vitamin blast! Some of these vitamins are also antioxidants. So, if we eat them, we also benefit from their property to help us fight against the free radicals.
Radish germinated seeds
Whether we are talking about white or red radishes, one thing is certain: vitamins A, B1, B6 and C are present in their germinated seeds in abundance. Besides, they come packed with folic acid, iron and potassium.
Leek germinated seeds
Leek germinated seeds help the immune system to function properly through their high content in vitamins C, B, as well as A, the champion vitamin in preserving eye health.
Red cabbage germs.
These germinated seeds represent an incredible source of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and K, minerals, as well as proteins.
Author Iulia Hadarean Nutritionist-dietitian