Monday, August 20, 2007

The Wheatgrass Habit- August Article

Dead Protein versus Living Protein found in Sprouts
By KK Fowlkes

High protein diets seem to have been the fad for many years now. Many experts recommend as much as one to two grams of protein per day per pound of body weight in order to maintain and build the body. This can amount to 175 grams or more of protein for a person weighing 175 lbs !! When a person eats that many grams of protein per day, where does he get it? In many third world countries, people get their protein from a diet of rice and beans. In the United States and other western countries, we get our protein from a mixture of beef, fish, chicken and dairy products. These forms provide protein, but also contain a high amount of saturated fats! Animal protein in the form of a steak, a burger or a cheese pizza, no doubt tastes good, but is this form of protein helping our health?
Or are we in fact getting too much protein?

“The average American eats about twice as much protein than what is actually required. Some people, in the pursuit of thinness, are going on high-protein diets and are eating up to four times the amount of protein that their body needs. Protein deficiency is certainly not a problem in America . So exactly how much protein does your body really need? Much less than you think. According to the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, as little as 50-60 grams of protein is enough for most adults. This breaks down to about 10-12% of total calories. Your body only needs 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. To calculate the exact amount you need, multiply your ideal weight by 0.36. This will give you your optimum daily protein requirement in grams. Since the amount of protein needed depends on the amount of lean body mass and not fat, ideal weight is used instead of actual weight. Infants, children, pregnant and nursing women require more protein.” (Monique N. Gilbert, High Protein Diets—Are You Losing More than Weight?)

There is no doubt that protein is essential for the health of the body. The source from which we get our protein is a MAJOR KEY TO HEALTH!!

We have found through our study of the Ann Wigmore program, that there is a protein that one can obtain through a diet of living foods. Adding all kinds of sprouts to the diet can furnish LIVING protein to the starving cells of the body. Cooked protein does not furnish the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive and regenerate. Only living protein can do this.
How can we do this without having our food become bland and uninteresting? We like smoothies for breakfast!

To have a living breakfast, we take:

2 or 3 cups of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice or orange juice,
1 organic banana,
2 to 3 T. fresh ground flax seed (for the Omega oil)
1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of a mixture of sprouted bean, lentil, mung, garbanzo, peas, alfalfa, or broccoli---whatever sprouted seeds we have on hand. (We have a protein powerhouse mixture on the website.)

It has a great taste! Sometimes we also eat a few dried olives. We love this breakfast! If you haven't yet learned how easy it is to sprout, we have added some great mixtures and sprouting seeds to our website, along with some different kinds of sprouters. Please see our Sprouting Supplies.

We have many interesting sprouters on our website now. We like the easy sprouter for its ease and convenience, and the Sprout Garden for its ability to sprout many types of sprouts at the same time. It is important to sprout the seeds for about 3 days and then put the whole thing in the refrigerator, especially in the heat of the summer. The sprouts will continue to grow. We take what we need each day, re-arrange the sprouts with a fork, and rinse, then putting the container back into the fridge. We also like to put sprouts in a bowl, squeeze with lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Delicious!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

I read an article today on Wikipedia about Sulforaphane, an antimicrobial compound found in many sprouts especially young broccoli sprouts. We have recently had many calls for broccoli sprouts and broccoli capsules and have had such good feedback on the benefits people have experienced. Here is the article:

"Sulforaphane is an anticancer and antimicrobial compound that can be obtained by eating cruciferous vegetables such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, arugula, broccoli sprouts, chinese broccoli, broccoli raab, kohlrabi, mustard, turnip, radish, watercress and cabbage. The enzyme myrosinase transforms glucoraphanin (a glucosinolate) into sulforaphane upon damage to the plant (such as from chewing). The young sprouts of broccoli and cauliflower are particularly rich in glucoraphanin.The anticancer activity of sulforaphane is thought to be related to the induction of phase-II enzymes of xenobiotic transformation (such as quinone reductase and glutathione S-transferase), and enhancing the transcription of tumor suppressor proteins.[citation needed]Consumption of broccoli sprouts has shown to be effective at inhibiting Helicobacter pylori growth[1] with sulforaphane being at least one of the active agents[2].Sulforaphane and Diindolylmethane (another compound from Brassica vegetables) have recently been shown to synergize together in the inhibition of cancer growth. Wikipedia®"

More info on broccoli sprouts and broccoli capsules!