Sungarden Sprouts – Super Nutrition
Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritionally beneficial of all foods. Their nutritional value was discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago. Recently, in the USA, numerous scientific studies suggest the importance of sprouts in a healthy diet. As an example, a sprouted Mung Bean has the carbohydrate content of a melon, vitamin A of a lemon, thiamin of an avocado, riboflavin of a dry apple, niacin of a banana, and ascorbic acid of a loganberry. Other studies have shown sprouts to be a powerful antioxidant and may assist in preventing some types of cancer.
Sprouts are the most reliable year-round source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and many B vitamins (such as folacin). Sprouting seeds, grains, and legumes greatly increases their content of those vitamins. For example, the vitamin A content (per calorie) of sprouted Mung beans is two-and-a-half times higher than the dry bean, and some beans have more than eight times more vitamin A after being sprouted. Sprouts preserve our body’s enzymes, which is extremely important. How do they do this? Sprouted beans, grains, nuts, and seeds are extremely easy to digest. Sprouting essentially pre-digests the food for us by breaking down the concentrated starch into simpler carbohydrates and the protein into free amino acids, so our own enzymes don’t have to work so hard. Sprouting also removes anti-nutrients such as enzyme inhibitors, and that makes sprouts even easier to digest, further sparing enzymes. Another anti-nutrient is phytates, which is what stops some people from enjoying grains such as wheat. Many people who can’t eat unsprouted wheat find they can eat all the sprouted wheat they want with no problem
Almost any vegetable or grain can be consumed from sprouts. Broccoli, cauliflower, and mustard greens sprouts are loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, enzymes, and chlorophyll. In a recent study, 1 oz. of broccoli sprouts had the same cancer-fighting power as over 1½ pounds of fully-grown broccoli.
Sungarden Sprout Company, a Division of ISS, has been providing sprouts the Southeastern US since 1979. We grow and sell alfalfa, clover, radish, red and green lentils, green peas, bean sprouts, onion, broccoli and cowpeas. We also sell rehydrated peas and beans.
Kelly Warren, R.N., manages Sungarden’s HACCP plan and research lab, testing each crop for Salmonella and E-coli 0157 H7. This insures the sprouts Sungarden sells are safe.
Sungarden Sprouts meet all FDA guidelines for proper sanitation and food safety.
As a company dedicated to producing the healthiest and safest sprouts in our area we are committed to applying and adhering to the highest possible food safety protocols. We are regularly third party inspected receiving a “Superior” rating. We are also inspected inspected regularly by both the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, US Army and the FDA. We have been trained in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) for food handlers and have implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) standards.
All Sungarden Sprouts have been grown with seeds, which have been selected for sprouting purposes from a single seed supplier, ISS, who methodically samples and tests every lot with probability of pathogen detection in the 99.999+ range.
Then all seed is sanitized in a calcium hypochlorite solution as approved and recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the FDA, and are constantly scrutinized for quality.
Accordingly all sprouts produced are subject to the hold and release guidelines set forth by the FDA. Samples of affluent water are screened for the presence of E.coli 0157 and Salmonella. Absolutely no sprouts are shipped until negative results are obtained.
Nutritional Value of Sprouts
Researchers are finding that many sprouts have unique quantities of phytochemicals with nutraceutical properties.