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The healing power of bean sprouts

  1. Bean sprouts are white crunchy sprouts of the green mung beans. This vegetable has been eaten in Asian countries for a long time. In fact, bean sprouts are the primal father of all sprout vegetables. Most Brussels sprouts have only been eaten since the 1970s, courtesy of some creative hippies who started them. Bean sprouts often serve as a filling for spring rolls in China. In Indonesia it is a popular part of a gado gado.


  1. Naming bean sprouts Nutritional value of bean sprouts Getting rid of antinutrients More antioxidants than mung beans Bean sprouts against cancer Bean sprouts for high blood pressure Good for bull sperm Growing bean sprouts Tips for eating bean sprouts

Naming bean sprouts

  1. The Latin name of bean sprouts is Phaseolus aureus. In Dutch we also speak of soy sprouts. Surinamese knows the name tjapar. In English-speaking countries they say bean sprouts against this vegetable. Indonesian knows the name taoge. In Mandarin Chinese they say douya, that's where the name bean sprouts comes from.

Nutritional value bean sprouts

  1. Bean sprouts are a rich vegetarian source of protein. People need protein on a daily basis. Bean sprouts contain many minerals and vitamins. In terms of minerals, bean sprouts are especially rich in iron and calcium. As far as vitamins are concerned, it contains a lot of vitamins A and C and contains some vitamins from the B complex.

Getting rid of antinutrients

  1. An important reason that bean sprouts are healthier than the mung beans from which it comes is that legumes contain a number of antinutrients. Fortunately, there are many more nutrients in legumes so that the antinutrients always get the worst. But by sprouting, the main antinutrient, phytic acid, gets out. Another non-nutrient is trypsin. In addition, the percentages of minerals and vitamins become higher in sprouted vegetables compared to their legumes.

More antioxidants than mung beans

  1. A research team affiliated with Cornell University in New York first investigated in 2012 the differences in antioxidant activity between regular mung beans and bean sprouts. Vitamin C is one of the strongest antioxidants out there. The study showed that after eight days the bean sprouts contain 24 times as much vitamin C as the green mung bean. One ounce of bean sprouts accounts for about 33% of the total vitamin C requirement as described in the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) table, the researchers concluded. The number of polyphenols and antioxidants also increases enormously when the mung bean is sprouted. In total, the researchers estimate that the number of antioxidants will increase by a factor of 6.

Bean sprouts against cancer

  1. Bean sprouts were examined in 2006 by a Czech research team for its effectiveness in cancer. There are substances in bean sprouts that are very similar to substances that the pancreas secretes. This substance, the enzyme ribonuclease, indeed appears to have anti-cancer properties. According to the researchers, there was hardly any improvement in the number of white blood cells compared to the ribonuclease produced by the pancreas. But it works a lot better to fight tumors than the body's own version of the enzyme.

Bean sprouts for high blood pressure

  1. Bean sprouts are effective against high blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Biochemistry in 2011. Bean sprouts stimulate an angiotensin I converting enzyme. This naturally reduces blood pressure. Experiments have been carried out with three types of extracts: fresh extract, dry powder extract and concentrated extract. The powder extract was the least effective. Incidentally, the researchers say that only bean sprouts extract works against high blood pressure. When eating the vegetable itself, the effect is too small. The researchers expect that a concentrated juice based on bean sprouts can lead to the development of blood pressure-lowering drinks. Incidentally, the juice from bean sprouts is not exactly delicious.

Good for bull sperm

  1. In a study on bulls held at the Universitas Padjadjaran in Sumedang West Java, Indonesia, it was found that sperm mobility or motility increased when 0.5% of the bull's diet consists of bean sprouts. The number of sperm cells also increased. In other words, bean sprouts are good for sperm quality. No studies have been done on humans, but it is expected that these research data can be extrapolated to men. Incidentally, the researchers saw that if the sperm were frozen and thawed again, the quality gain was minimal. The researchers attribute the improved sperm quality to vitamin E in bean sprouts.

Growing bean sprouts

  1. Bean sprouts are usually grown under artificial light. The first day the germ gets four hours of light. The following week 6 hours of light per day. By following this light schedule, the syringe will remain white; if you would give more light, the bean sprouts will turn green in color, which is undesirable for bean sprouts manufacturers. After a week this vegetable is ready. In principle, you could grow bean sprouts in an empty business building. That would save a lot of environmental nuisance due to the fact that you can then market it locally. You can grow bean sprouts yourself. You start in a wide container, for example a plastic box from a takeaway restaurant where you soak well-washed mung beans for 12 hours. Make holes in the lid of the box. Every day the sprouts should be gently washed and provided with fresh water. After four days, the first bean sprouts are edible. You can grow them for up to seven days so that they grow nice and long. Then you should really clean them, get rid of the seed husks and roots and keep them in the fridge, or eat them right away.

Tips for eating bean sprouts

  1. Bean sprouts can be eaten raw. It is a great addition to a salad. You can also mix it with a rice dish just before it is served; this will keep the bean sprouts nice and crunchy. Short cooking or blanching of this vegetable is possible, but is not actually done in Chinese or Indonesian cuisine. You can add bean sprouts to a clear soup to give it an Asian flavor. In Asia itself, bean sprouts are most commonly used by stir-frying it.

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