Sprouted peas: useful properties and contraindications
The legume family is considered to be one of the earliest species that began to be cultivated by man. Beans, lentils and peas are undeniable benefits that are treated with love and honor in many cuisines around the world. They are also eaten sprouted. And these peas have completely different properties. And the fact that they have not been subjected to heat treatment shows that all the vitamins and nutrients are there in unchanged form, which is especially valuable for the body. Peas are easy to sprout at home, you can eat them raw, add them to salads, grind them into flour and bake bread and cakes. And it will all be delicious, healthy and nutritious.
The useful properties of sprouted peas
Sprouted peas are the grains or beans with a sprout of no more than 2-3 millimeters. At this stage, truly amazing metamorphosis occurs with peas. Most of the substances go into an easily digestible form as the enzyme inhibitors are destroyed.
Sprouts are high in protein, complex carbohydrates and low in fat. Also:
- practically the entire line of the B-group;
- essential amino acids.
The product has a high nutritional value and low calories, so it is recommended for weight control programs. The benefits of sprouts not only in the rich composition, but also in the complex effect on the body.
Interesting: Peas as a treatment for anemia, obesity and diseases of the cardiovascular system were used in ancient Greece.
Regular consumption of sprouted peas in small quantities
- increases resistance to infection and inflammation;
- increases immunity;
- the metabolic process is accelerated;
- Toxins and waste products are removed;
- the liver is cleared of salts of heavy metals;
- Reduces the likelihood of prostate diseases;
- Sex drive increases;
- Reduces the risk of kidney and gallbladder stones;
- It removes excess fluid and edema.
The caloric value of 100 grams of sprouts does not exceed 130 kcal, a day is recommended no more than 5 tablespoons. However, it is problematic to eat so much at once and the body's reaction will be unpredictable. It is better to start with 1 teaspoon, gradually increasing the volume. In principle, then you can simply be guided by your desire and state of health, but remember that any product is useful if you eat it without fanaticism.
Limitations and contraindications
Despite the enormous benefits, in some cases, sprouted peas are not recommended to include in the menu. Such contraindications are: pregnancy, children under 2 years of age, individual intolerance, allergies, gout, exacerbation of diseases of the digestive tract, in some cases - older age.
It is worth taking into account: too much sprouts causes increased gas and heaviness in the stomach.
Recipes with sprouted peas
If you follow the basic recommendations, then you can greatly diversify the menu, while giving the body a real vitamin and mineral complex without any pharmacy products. The main thing is to try not to expose the product to heat, to comply with the principle of compatibility of components and not to overdo with the portion size.
For a light and tasty dish you will need:
- radish - 6 pcs;
- Cucumbers - 1 pc;
- feta cheese - 50 gr;
- Sprouted peas - 60 g;
- Freshly squeezed orange juice and 50 ml olive oil for dressing.
All ingredients are cut in cubes, mixed and drizzled with juice and oil. Let the dish stand for 3-5 minutes at room temperature.
A great option for snacking at work or in between main meals. You will need:
- Sprouts - 1 cup;
- Zucchini - 1 small fruit;
- Garlic - 3 cloves;
- Olive oil and lemon juice - 30 ml;
- Sesame and finely chopped greens - 1 tbsp. each.
All ingredients are put in a blender and whipped into a smooth mass. Salt is added to taste.
Sprouting peas at home
There is nothing complicated in this procedure. The main thing is to choose high-quality raw materials. Peas should be whole, without chips, spots and musty smell. It is better to choose the harvest of the current year. Then the product is washed 2-3 times, transferred to a glass or ceramic bowl and poured with water at the rate of 1:2. Plastic, even food, it is better not to use.
After 12 hours, you need to wash the peas again and put them on a damp cloth, covering the top with a cotton napkin. As needed, the cloth is re-wetted. Sprouts will appear on day 2-3. They are transferred to a jar and stored in the refrigerator no longer than 4-5 days, as necessary preparing a new portion.
In ancient times, peas were used in ritual practice and in everyday diet. In modern dietary diet, sprouted product is very valuable, maintaining vitamin balance and good spirits, helping to find a slender figure and get rid of many ailments.
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