The answer to the question above is an easy one!
Are alfalfa sprouts good for you? Yes.
Everything we add to our Super Cubes is designed to improve your wellbeing, we approach each formula with this intention and during our research this nutrient packed ingredient was a must have.
You can view some of that research here: alfalfa is crammed full of goodness, so lots of protein/vitamins/minerals and high in antioxidants at the same time too.
Alfalfa is a legume, it belongs to the pea family and it is one of the most grown crops in the world because of its nutrient value. The alfalfa sprouts that we eat are germinated alfalfa seeds that usually take four to seven days before they can be harvested for eating.
Alfalfa is said to have originated from south central Asia and cultivated first in ancient Iran, although at this time it was called a different name. It was used by ancient Persians, Greeks and Romans and then spread throughout the world from there.
Through the ages it has had many different uses mainly because of its nutrients, protein content and its ability to be grown easily in many different parts of the world.
Now we move onto the health benefits of alfalfa for you.
What are the health benefits of alfalfa?
Alfalfa is like many of the other ingredients we have in the Super Cubes formulas, very dense in vitamins and minerals and also a myriad of benefits for you when you add it into your daily diet.
When purchased from the supermarket alfalfa sprouts are easy to add to your meals, either in sandwiches, on top of salads or used as a garnish for soups or hot meals.
Here is a list for you of the benefits and ways that alfalfa may help you when you add them or supplement them into your meals.
- Low calories
- High levels of antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Low starch levels
- High in vitamin K
- Contains protein
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps with reducing cholesterol
- Vitamins and minerals
- Great levels of vitamin C
- High saponin content
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Assists with arthritis relief
- Helps with blood sugar control
Low in calories
Being low in calories and higher in other nutritional areas (protein for one) makes alfalfa a perfect addition to most people’s diet.
This means you can bump up your fibre and protein intake easily and not use extra calories in the process.
If you are on a calorie restrictive diet it means you can save those extra precious calories for other foods.
Note though, this doesn’t mean by eating alfalfa it gives you the green light to add chocolate or other food involved in late night fridge runs to your diet to use up any leftover calories!
High levels of antioxidants
With a history that includes treatment for inflammation alfalfa may act as a powerful antioxidant if added to your meals.
As we know from our past write ups for the other super foods we use, high antioxidant levels can help to stop or delay the damage to our body’s cells by assisting to remove unwanted waste (free radicals) in our cells.
Antioxidants in the foods you have can help counteract the potential damage caused by day to day lifestyle choices and stress.
We know this can cover a massive area but pretty much as soon as your eyes open and you start moving around your body is under attack in one way or another.
Vitamins and minerals
Alfalfa sprouts have a wide spread of vitamins and minerals present in them.
Although the levels aren’t that high they still can help contribute to your daily totals.
Remember alfalfa is so low in calories it is a great food to help with satiety, also for adding a bit more protein and extra fibre into your meals too.
With alfalfa being high in protein and fibre what you can also benefit from is a high level of vitamins and minerals.
What’s in alfalfa that makes it so good for you?
The levels below are for raw alfalfa sprouts, sprouts are so full of extra nutrients because of the short time that they are grown and then harvested.
Sprouts generally have increased enzymes, higher protein levels, more vitamins and minerals with low levels of starch.
The nutrient levels below for alfalfa aren’t the only benefits this great sprout can offer you.
These below nutrients values are for raw alfalfa sprouts for a 100 gram amount.
Total fat 0.69g
Vitamin C 8.2mg
Vitamin B6 0.034mg
Vitamin A 8µg
Vitamin E 0.2mg
Vitamin K 30.5µg
Why do we use alfalfa in Super Cubes?
There are many reasons (as there have been for others) why we use alfalfa in some of our Super Cubes formulas.
Is it the high protein level? Yes.
Could it be the calorie to nutrients ratio? That’s a yes too.
But really, it’s because alfalfa sprouts fit the criteria and tick all the boxes being a nutrient dense ingredient that packs a punch.
We have done our job and chosen alfalfa, now it’s your turn to choose. A mouthful of alfalfa sprouts or the ease of making a Super Cubes healthy smoothie.
Let us know what you decide!