Hello from Eric & Marilyn,
We are super excited about what we learned today during our time at the local farmers market. We visited a lot of different tents but we were fascinated with one tent in particular. This tent was all about Microgreens. It was ran by a lovely couple and they let us sample a lot of different microgreens. While we were sampling, the owner Tim, told us all about microgreens nutrition facts. He told us some remarkable findings and we are very excited to share them with you. Below is a picture of all the different microgreens we sampled.
All about the Facts
- Considered a super-food
- Packed with antioxidants
- Produce loses nutritional value as soon as you harvest it
- Microgreens have more nutrition then mature plants
- They are harvested 7 days after germination
- Microgreens have the highest antioxidant capacity
- Highest concentrations of health promoting phenolic compounds (More info click here)
- Cotyledon leaves are the first 2 leaves of a seedling
- Packed with Vitamin C which helps protect you from free radicals
- Red Cabbage Microgreens have the highest levels of Vitamin C
- 100 gram portion of microgreen Red Cabbage will give you 245% of your daily Vitamin C value
- Microgreens reduce the risk of Cancer because they are loaded with Beta-Carotene
- Beta-Carotene is converted to Vitamin A which is an antioxidant and also an anti-inflammatory
- Beta-Carotene is also known for protecting our cells from getting damaged
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in Beta-Carotene
- Lutein & Zeaxanthin helps with our eye sight
- Microgreens are a great source of Vitamin E
- Here are some benefits of Vitamin E
- Microgreens are loaded with Vitamin K which helps with blood clotting and prevention of bruising
- Vitman K also helps with bone strength
Tim was Great!
Marilyn & I really enjoyed our time learning from Tim and we decided to purchase a small box of microgreens that consisted of peas, fennel and radish. The fennel was very delicious and Tim said it was a great dessert. He also spoke about how fennel was great for breast feeding because the fennel flavor combined with the lactate in a women’s breast-milk. In turn, that fennel flavor breast milk has been known to help with digestion for babies. Tim also claims that it helps babies sleep easier and become more calm.
Quality over Quantity
Tim also spoke about how everyone claimed that microgreens had more nutrients then mature plants but nobody had done the research to prove it until 2012. Tim kept speaking about Dr. Wang at the University of Maryland proved this by partnering with the United States Department of Agriculuture. They were able to partner to indeed prove the benefits of Microgreens. One incredible fact was that 1 oz of living Broccoli microgreens has the same amount of nutrients as a 20 oz harvested Broccoli head. Pretty incredible if you think about it. It is not the amount of vegetables you eat but the quality that you consume.
Learning so Much!
Marilyn and I are learning so much in such a short amount of time. We keep finding out that their is so much depth on vegetable information. We have only been on this vegan journey for about one week and have already uncovered so many facts about the health benefits of a vegan diet. We are very excited to keep going on our journey and to learn more things that will help us understand the benefits of vegetables and veganism. It was such a treat running into Tim. He was able to teach us how we can be more effective in attaining more nutrients, in a more efficient way.
Tim also went into detail about how the cultivation process of wheat was dangerous when farmers use a chemical called roundup. I believe it was round up. I am trying my best to remember what he called it. But any who, Tim spoke about how roundup causes danger to our bodies when we consume it. He says it harms our digestion track and also creates other harmful things in our bodies. Tim also mentioned something else about roundup and gluten. More information on this can be found on this website article I have found if you click this link.
That is all for now,
Thank you for reading again and if you know anything about microgreens that I have not shared in this article then please drop a comment below to help all of us understand more great benefits!
Thanks and here is another picture from the farmers market.