Sprouts And Microgreens Can Help You With Your Fitness Too! By: Alicia Rennoll With nearly 160 million Americans being either overweight or obese, it is not surprising that improved fitness has become a matter of urgency among those individuals looking to enhance their quality of life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy adult needs to engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week in order to stay healthy. Following a healthy diet is as important to your well-being as regular exercise is. Some food sources, such as sprouts and microgreens, are particularly beneficial. Sprouts and microgreens can, in fact, also boost your fitness efforts significantly by benefiting your overall health and well-being in the following ways. Fewer free radicals to contend with Free radicals, which are a result of both environmental stressors (such as pollution) and some of the body’s natural processes, can lead to severe cell damage if they are allowed to build up. Over time, this build-up can even lead to serious health conditions such as
With new innovations, SunGarden™ works to bring more consumer confidence to the sprout industry and to grow the industry as a whole.
With new innovations, SunGarden™ works to bring more consumer confidence to the sprout industry and to grow the industry as a whole. By Staci Davidson As the healthcare industry tells us to increase our intake of vegetables and greens, the International Sprout Growers Association likes to note that sprouts are a good low-calorie source of protein and vitamin C. Alfalfa, mung bean, radish, soybean and wheat sprouts also offer a nice, healthy crunch on sandwiches or in salads. International Specialty Supply (ISS), Cookeville, Tenn., is the one-stop shop for commercial sprout growers, providing the industry with sprouting seed, sprouting equipment, sprouted fresh products and sprout powders since its inception in 1979. With the business units of SunGarden™ and Sentrex Manufacturing, ISS offers natural ingredient sprout powders, manufacturing equipment, sprouting supplies, sprout packaging and seed, and helps growers and processors with HACCP plans, third-party safety inspections and design of facilities. SunGarden™ is the business division of ISS that offers natural sprout powders, fresh sprouts, and treated sprouting seed. As a global
Do you have a passion for food? Are you curious about the latest innovations from food experts and suppliers? Join SunGarden Natural Ingredients alongside thousands of other food industry professionals at the IFT19 and SupplySide West food exhibitions to learn about the latest products and trends in the food industry. These food expos are great opportunities for you to meet face-to-face with us to learn about our unique, all-natural sprout powders, and how we are tackling food safety concerns while still maintaining product quality. At these expos, SunGarden Natural Ingredients will be presenting its all-natural, nutrient-dense sprout powders that are high in antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and protein and free of additives and harsh chemicals. We will be providing samples of our best-selling powders at both events so you can see, smell, and taste these high-quality ingredients. If you want to learn more about our sprout powders, come visit us at IFT19 in New Orleans, LA on June 2-5, booth #4712, and at SupplySide West on October 15-19, booth #2812.
Outbreak of Salmonella Kottbus in Alfalfa Sprouts Alfalfa Sprouts Arizona, California, Colorado, and NewMexico, February-April 2001 February 6, 2002 Journal of the American Medical Association MMWR. 2002;51:7-9 On March 12, 2001, the CaliforniaDepartment of Health Services (CDHS) identified a cluster of SalmonellaKottbus isolates with indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)patterns. During February 1--May 1, CDHS identified 23 patients with S.Kottbus infections in several California counties and an additional patient fromArizona. This report summarizes the results of the investigation of thisoutbreak, which identified cases in four states and implicated alfalfa sproutsproduced at a single facility. The median age ofcase-patients was 36 years (range: 9--72 years); 16 patients (67%) were female.Twenty-one patients developed an acute diarrheal illness, and three patients hadurinary tract infections. Three patients were hospitalized. Using a standardizedquestionnaire, a matched case-control study was conducted. A case was defined asculture-confirmed S. Kottbus infection with onset after January 2001 in aCalifornia resident with an isolate having the outbreak PFGE pattern. The first10 reported California patients were matched with two controls by age group,sex, and city prefix
Influence of temperature and ontogeny on the levels of glucosinolates in broccoli (Brassica oleracea Var. italica) sprouts and their effect on the induction of mammalian phase 2 enzymes. J Agric Food Chem 2002 Oct 9;50(21):6239-44 Pereira FM, Rosa E, Fahey JW, Stephenson KK, Carvalho R, Aires A. Department of Plant Science and Agricultural Engineering, Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Apartado 1013, 5001-911 Vila Real, Portugal. Broccoli inflorescences have been recognized as components of healthy diets on the basis of their high content of fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and glucosinolates/isothiocyanates. Broccoli sprouts have been recently shown to have high levels of glucoraphanin (4-methylsulfinylbutyl glucosinolate), the precursor of the chemoprotective isothiocyanate, sulforaphane. This study evaluated the effects of temperature and developmental stage on the glucosinolate content of broccoli sprouts. Seedlings cultivated using a 30/15 degrees C (day/night) temperature regime had significantly higher glucosinolate levels (measured at six consecutive days postemergence) than did sprouts cultivated at lower temperatures (22/15 and 18/12 degrees C; p < 0.001). Both higher (33.1 degrees C) and
Phytochemical Composition and Biological Activity of 8 Varieties of Radish Phytochemical composition and biological activity of 8 varieties of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) sprouts and mature taproots. J Food Sci. 2011 Jan-Feb;76(1):C185-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01972.x. Hanlon PR, Barnes DM. Dept. of Research and Development, Standard Process, 1200 West Royal Lee Dr., Palmyra, WI 53156, USA. Abstract Radishes (Raphanus sativus L.) are members of the cruciferous vegetable family that contain many classes of biologically active phytochemicals. This study determined the phytochemical composition of the sprouts and mature taproots of 8 radish varieties. Radish sprouts contained significantly greater concentrations of glucosinolates (3.8-fold) and isothiocyanates (8.2-fold) than the mature radish taproot and also contained significantly greater concentrations of phenolics (on average 6.9-fold). The anthocyanin concentrations of the mature radish taproot were significantly greater than in the sprouts of red, pink, and purple varieties. The primary anthocyanidins present in the red and pink radish varieties were pelargonidin and delphinidin, while the primary anthocyanidin in the purple radish variety was cyanidin. Radish sprouts were between
Alfalfa Seed Decontamination in a Salmonella Outbreak Alfalfa Seed Decontamination in a Salmonella Outbreak CDC, Emerging Infectious Diseases, April 2003, Vol 9, No.4.Christopher J. Gill,*† William E. Keene,* Janet C. Mohle-Boetani,‡ Jeff A. Farrar,§ Patti L. Waller,¶ Christine G. Hahn,# and Paul R. Cieslak* *Oregon Department of Human Services, Portland, Oregon, USA; †Tufts University-New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; ‡California Department of Health Services, Berkeley, California, USA; §California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California, USA; ¶Washington State Department of Health, Shoreline, Washington, USA; and #Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Boise, Idaho, USA Suggested citation for this article: Gill CJ, Keene WE, Mohle-Boetani JE, Farrar JA, Waller PL, Hahn CG, et al. Alfalfa seed decontamination in Salmonella outbreak. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 2003 Apr [date cited];8. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol9no4/02-0519.htm Based on in vitro data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends chemical disinfection of raw sprout seeds to reduce enteric pathogens contaminating the seed coats. However, little is known about the effectiveness of decontamination at preventing human disease. In 1999, an outbreak
Phase 1 Study of Multiple Biomarkers for Metabolism and Oxidative Stress After One Phase 1 study of multiple biomarkers for metabolism and oxidative stress after one-week intake of broccoli sprouts. M Murashima, S Watanabe, XG Zhuo, M Uehara, and A Kurashige Biofactors, January 1, 2004; 22(1-4): 271-5. The Department of Applied Bioscience, Tokyo University of Agriculture, 1-1-1, Sakuragaoka Setagaya, Tokyo, 156-8502, Japan. Little is known about the direct effect of broccolisprouts on human health. So we investigated the effect of broccoli sprouts on the induction of various biochemical oxidative stress markers. Twelve healthy subjects (6 males and 6 females) consumed fresh broccoli sprouts (100 g/day) for 1 week for a phase 1 study. Before and after the treatment, biochemical examination was conducted and natural killer cell activity, plasma amino acids, plasma PCOOH (phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide), the serum coenzyme Q(10), urinary 8-isoprostane, and urinary 8-OHdG (8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine) were measured. With treatment, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol decreased, and HDL cholesterol increased significantly. Plasma cystine decreased significantly. All subjects showed reduced PCOOH, 8-isoprostane and 8-OHdG, and increased CoQ(10)H(2)/CoQ(10) ratio. Only one week intake
Japan Prepares As O157 Strikes Again Japan prepares as O157 strikes again Ed Gutierrez, April 19, 1997 - From the Lancet News Japanese health officials are preparing to prevent an outbreak of O157 Escherichia coli on a scale similar to last year's. 126 people have been infected, of whom one has died. The death late last month startled public-health officials into disseminating food-preparation guidelines for small and medium sized outlets. Similar guidelines for larger institutions that serve food were distributed after last year's epidemic, which infected 9451 people and left 12 dead. The main outbreak then was in elementary schools in Sakai City, Osaka; the source was believed to be radish sprouts. A national association of radish growers and the owners of [the farm] which has been described as the originator of the infection, have filed compensation suits against the government