Microgreens Nutrition Facts – Health Benefits That Will Amaze You!

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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.

Microgreens

 

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

Close-look-at-microgreens

 

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.

Microgreens-nutrient-capacity

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.

Side Note

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.

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Eric

Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.

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33 Responses

  1. Any superfood that subsequently acts as an antioxidant should be at the top of all our lists. This rings especially true today, where we live in a world wrought with free radicals and toxins wherever we look, and the antidote is the antioxidant. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of greens, however if I were to blend microgreens with fruit and almond milk in a blender, I’ll be good to go. 

    • Thank you Todd. Very nice idea with the almond milk blender idea.  I am going to transition this site into a Vegan recipe site soon.  Maybe I can help you with some smoothie ideas

  2. Great stuff to know, and yes it is roundup. There have been reports on how it is causing serious illnesses and also one of those heavy lawsuits that you see on tv is for the product. I had no idea that farmers were actually using it the food that is being sold to the consumers. This why it is important for us to grow our own food because we are being poisoned! 

  3. Wow great post on microgreens! Local farmer’s markets are the best aren’t they? It sounds like you had a great experience with Tim. I always appreciate when people take the time to engage and explain their products. It’s good for the consumer and it’s good for business as well. a win-win. Microgreens have so many health benefits from being an antioxidant to phenolic compounds to all sorts of vitamins. Having read this post I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for red cabbage. Peas, fennel and radish are some of my favorites as well. Thank you for a great post and I’m looking forward to reading more!

  4. This information about microgreens are superb. I can’t believe it has all these amazing benefit. It can even cure cancer and inflammation. This is another plant vegetarian should protect. The vitamin c nutrient and carotene there in make it mouth opening. Another, charming fact is when you say the living ones has more value than the harvested one. It is so nice to see a researcher that finally take his time to study further about microgreens. I will ask a friend of mine who is a botanist to know if he had seen a plant like this. This is the kind of enlightening journey I love embarking on. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Thank you for the kind words Stella.  Yes both Eric and I are doing a lot of research because love to know the details.  Thank you for the comment.

  5. Good evening Marilyn and Eric,

    Absolutely true. Microgreens are great and you can grow it yourself as it is not too difficult.

    Do not mention Roundup. That diabolic product manufactured by Monsanto in 1970. Sadly its use has spread all over the world and the people are not aware of its danger. All these years Monsanto has insisted it is harmless while knowing very well that is a big lie.

    To think that people spray it in their garden where their children and pets play.We eat GMO foods sprayed with Roundup, how crazy can it get?  

    Monsanto has lost the first 3 court cases with thousands more to come.

    I wish you luck on your new health journey and try and buy organic whenever possible.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Thank you for the comment and more context on roundup. Yes Tim was very passionate about not eating wheat that came from roundup.  I can see why now.

  6. Hello Marilyn and Eric!  First of all, many thanks for giving us such a wonderful article .Your article is really informative and I gained a lot of knowledge from here .You certainly deserve praise for the discussion on Microgreens Nutrition Facts .Microgreens is a super-food and has the highest antioxidant capabilities .Red Cabbage is always my favorite but after reading your article, I am very interested to purchase it again knowing more details. Because red cabbage microgreens have the highest levels of vitamin C .Plus radish is one of my favorite foods and microgreens can cure cancer .

    I will definitely pass your article on to my friends and they will be greatly benefited. And will definitely share with you their new experience. I am truly amazed that I read your article and enjoyed it so much. May I share your article on my social media?

    • Thank you for the comment Shanta.  We are so happy that you liked our post.  We really enjoyed meeting Tim at the farmers market.  He enlightened us on all of the health benefits and even gave us a pamphlet about more microgreens information.  We would also love it if you shared it on social media.  Thank you Shanta.

  7. Thank you for the article about microgreens. I read your article and found a lot of information. Unless I read your article, I didn’t know that it could cure cancer and inflammation. Your article is really helpful to me. I appreciate your article. Your article is instructive and informative. I hope they benefit and will soon share their experiences with you. 

    I hope your article is helpful to everyone. Thank you again for the informative post.

  8. I am a vegan and see a lot of value in mature plants, green leaves and vegetables. I am surprised to learn from your article that microgreens are many more times nutrient content. You are right, it is not the quantity of greens you consume but the quality matters. You have changed my perception regarding microgreens. I am finding a wealth of information in your post. Can you tell more about microgreens, how to grow them properly and harvest them for getting the best benefit of nutrients?

    • Thank you for the comment Srinivasan.  Eric is actually getting into that and wants to learn how to grow his own too.  We grow a lot of our own vegetables in the summer and feel that we can get this done.  Just a simple solution might be to buy the small pad that they use and put a lot of seeds on it until it germinates.  Then put it under the grow light and wait till they are a couple weeks old.  Then enjoy.  However, I am not entirely sure and if we do start to grow them then we will teach everyone how to grow them as well. 

  9. There are a few microgreens that I’ve tried that are particularly yummy, but to be completely honest I got into them mainly for the way they dress up a plate and make a diet meal look more appealing. So it was great to read this article about all the health benefits and as a result I will definitely be more committed to using them. My biggest problem is that I simply forget. My husband made me some shelves in the laundry (directly opposite the kitchen), which line a glass door. They were supposed to house herbs but the herbs don’t like it there so much. ANyway I am growing microgreens quite successfully there, I just have to remember to use them 🙂

    • Yes Deb.  I love the way they garnish dishes.  It gives meals a great finishing touch.  Sometimes I munch on the microgreens throughout the day.  I do not always incorporate them into a meal.  Eating them by themselves is plenty tasty.

  10. Thank you Eric for your sharing here. Microgreens is new to me as well and it is certainly something interesting to explore a little bit more… So what makes microgreens different? Is it the way they are being grown like how organic or hyroponics? If I am not wrong, it sounds like microgreens are essentially young versions of the plants? I do agree on the point about quality over quantity, but I am just wondering how much of microgreens do we need to eat to actually feel full when compared to normal vegetables, and of course how much would that actually cost. 

    • Thanks for the comment Abrell.  Microgreens are the most nutritious because of the stage of life the plant is in.  During those first couple weeks of plant life, the plant is the most nutritious.  Probably so that it can have the nutrients to grow into a bigger plant.

  11. Thanks for this post Eric, I am very very health conscious. I am on my own unique diet and that makes me intrested in micro greens. I’ve heard of microgreens but it was not explained in detail like you have. The pictures help make it explicit as well. And such amazing benefits microgreens  have, I’m definitely adding them to my diet.

    • This is truly ground breaking stuff.  It is not well known by a lot of people but give it another 5 years and everyone will be talking about microgreens.

  12. I must say I am definitely amazed as I This information about microgreens are superb. I can’t believe it has all these amazing benefit. It can even cure cancer and inflammation. This is another plant vegetarian should protect. The vitamin c nutrient and carotene there in make it mouth opening. Another, charming fact is when you say the living ones has more value than the harvested one. It is so nice to see a researcher that finally take his time to study further about microgreens.

  13. Thank you Eric for your sharing here. I can’t believe it has all these amazing benefit. It can even cure cancer and inflammation. This is another plant vegetarian should protect. The vitamin c nutrient and carotene there in make it mouth opening. Another, charming fact is when you say the living ones has more value than the harvested one. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I only found out about Microgreens a few weeks ago. Myself and my partner went to a local farm shop and there were a couple of options on display.

    My initial ignorant impression was one of disdain. They wouldn’t fill me up and they are expensive for the quantity etc. But then I overheard two young girls (early twenties) raving about them. I came home and did some research and was amazed at just how good they were for you. The old expression ‘Good things come in small packages’ was once more proved absolutely true.

    We have tried a few Microgreens over the last few weeks, including Red Cabbage and Broccoli, and absolutely love them. They are now a standard item on our weekly shopping list 

    • Red cabbage is one of my favorites too.  I also love fennel microgreens.  Glad we could help give you some more facts about microgreens.  Thanks for the comment Lawrence. 

  15. healthy eating is something that every individual needs to prioritze to boost our immune systems and live longer. To eat healthy we need to add more greens and fruits to our daily meals. This recipe made my puree soup very tasty, i will surely share it to my friends. Thank you very much

    Great article

  16. I love the way you took notes of your experience, this micro greens will really be of great benefits now that there is a need for a boast in our immunity system.  The current outbreak in the world has made it very essential that we take food rich in vitamins. As you have highlighted they are rich in vitamin c and vitamin A

    • Yes Parameter, this would be a great time in the world for people to start consuming microgreens.  Thank you for the comment. 

  17. Hi Eric and Marilyn, your information is incredible. I totally misunderstood the vegan diet until I read your website page about microgreens. Microgreens are unbelievable and the amount of nutrients is crazy. Is there a list of microgreens for every vegetable that farmers grow? I am gonna start doing this I would like a start-up list if you can send me one. Great website I will bookmark this so I can learn more.

    • Thank you for the comment Zach.  We are pretty fascinated by microgreens too.  I do not have a list of all the ones you can grow but I am pretty sure any leafy green vegetable can be a leafy green.  This stuff will be the way of the future here in about 5 to 10 years.  We are interested in growing it too and will get into here eventually.  Hope that helps you out. 

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