Microgreens

What Are Microgreens?

Microgreens are the stage of the plant that in appearance is usually 2-3" tall in growth and in nutrition, is the highest achievable of any other stage of growth, even as a seed or as a sprout. To reach tthis stage of growth, takes aaround 10-14 days.


Why Are Microgreens A Superfood?

Microgreens are a superfood because it is only at this stage of growth of representation of any plant from seed through to maturity, that gives the most nutrients at the highest bioavailbility.


Why Have You Stated : Microgreens-the only suuoerfood?

We've made this bold statement, that microgreens are the, "only superfood" because nothing else touches their nutritional levels.

MICROGREENS THE ONLY SUPER FOOD

Why We Grow Them

"beyond nutrition"

Microgreens Nutritional Information

What Are Microgreens?

Microgreens are also known as "vegetable confetti," and are a variety of edible immature greens, harvested between 7 and 10 days after germination. At this time they will be approximately 2” tall. They can be harvested sooner if you wish, but, at Carter's Home Farm in Michigan, we leave the microgreens to grow to a good height and reach a good full foliage, this way, we are sure that all the nutrients that was packed in the seed will be utilized in the growth of the stem and leaves and of course, this brings you the best level of nutrients a microgreen can deliver, wasting nothing, as the stem, cotyledons (or seed leaves) and first set of true leaves are all edible.

Microgreens are different from sprouts. Sprouts are germinated seeds that are eaten and comprise the root and seed and shoot. The seed in the microgreen is not eaten because the power house of nutrition that was stored in it has been transferred to the stem and leave.

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Microgreens Benefit the Digestive System

In microgreens, antinutrients are broken down, effectively offering the first stages of digestion without loss of nutritional value to you which helps when three are underlying issues in the digestive tract, or autoimmune issues. This stage has effectively neutralized antinutrients.


When we consume micronutrients -

• Antinutrients have been broken down, this in turn, increases content of beneficial nutrients and amino acids making them more available to us

• increases hydrolytic enzymes which help the body assimilate food/improve digestion

• Increases nutrient absorption in our digestive system

• Improves ability to assimilate vitamins and minerals more effectively

• Impacts us in nutrition

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What Are Antinutrients?

When I first heard the term, “Anti-Nutrients” I was skeptical but interested because at that time, even though my diet was excellent, I was still experiencing issues with malnutrition that had manifested as rough and dry skin on my arms. This really didn’t make sense to me, then I learned that some vegetables, like broccoli and kale as well as grains, beans, legumes and nuts, have antinutrients that can interfere with the absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and can inhibit the function of digestive enzymes.

Examples of natural antinutrients are Phytic acid, Leptins and Saponins. These all serve to keep the plant healthy by repelling pests and bugs, helping the seed to live its natural life span and in turn, reproduce.

Other natural antinutrients are Polyphenols and Flavonoids, which you may have heard of as a component in tea, coffee and wine and are beneficial to us as they help with inflammatory issues.

Everyone is different. Some people, and I was one of them, never have any issues with any food, raw or cooked, and so whether the food I was consuming was high in antinutrients or not, it didn’t matter, I was always healthy, until …..

What happens when we consume an antinutrient then, is that it behaves as a barrier between us and the nutrient itself, which can cause digestive issues. Ideally, we need to have the antinutrient broken down. Microgreens harvested correctly, have broken down the antinutrients, making all the qualities of the whole plant, available to us as a tasty, highly nutritious vegetable.

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Simply Put

Nutritional value of Microgreens are a more nutrient dense source of food that are easily digested and assimilated.

Health Benefits of Microgreens

Microgreens provide more nutrition than mature leaves

Good source of proteins, antioxidants, enzymes and minerals

High in a variety of compounds that help protect the body

How? Consuming the entire plant and getting all the benefits

Increase antioxidants and beneficial enzymes up to 100x which -

are an excellent source of enzyme inducers

help protect against chemical carcinogens

support healthy cell regeneration

protect against free radical damage

Scientific Reports Confirm the Goodness of Microgreens

As reported in 2010 in the American Society for Horticultural Science - young lettuce seedlings, harvested 7 days after germination, had the highest antioxidant capacity as well as the highest concentrations of health-promoting phenolic compounds, compared with their more mature counterparts.

A few years later, a team of scientists from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed the nutrient composition of 25 commercially available microgreen varieties. They discovered that in general microgreen cotyledon leaves had considerably higher nutritional densities than their mature counterparts (cotyledon leaves refer to the embryonic first leaves of a seedling). This large-scale microgreen study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Taking the humble Pea Microgreen as an example

Hormone Balancer

High in Polyphenol – helps increase energy levels

High in Phytoestrogen – a plant-based estrogen

Positive effects on endocrine system