Eating Bio-Genic Foods For Health
When you eat organic Sprouts and Micro-Greens, you are actually eating bio-genic foods for health and it supplies your body with top-notch, super alkalizing, nutrients and enzymes.
Bio-Genic Nutrition – What Is Means?
Sprouts and micro-greens are known as Bio-genic Nutrition.
Bio-genic Nutrition was founded many decades ago by Professor Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. Professor Edmond Bordeaux Szekely categorized food into 4 individual groups being,
- Bio-Genic – this is known as the ‘Life Generating’ phases of plants . It is the cell renewal phase and this is the category sprouted foods fall under, be it nuts, seeds, sprouts or micro greens.
- Bio-Active – is the ‘Live Sustaining’ phase’ . This phase is when the food is at it’s whole organic, live state e.g. fruit and vegetables from both land and sea.
- Bio-Static – is the ‘Life Slowing’ phase of food. It when food is past its nutritional peak and the aging process is beginning and food is going stale. This can be accelerated by cooking- with the exception of legumes that must be cooked.
- Bio-cidic – known as the ‘Life Destroy’ phase. Food nutrients have been spoiled completely. This can happen through processing fresh food and also irradiating food. This is the one you definitely don’t want to eat.
The Amazing Health Benefits Of Eating Bio-Genic Foods
According to Professor Szekely and now plenty of other nutritional experts, Bio-genic foods are full of cell renewing, life generating components and are a great source of alkaline foods.
Sprouted Foods Are Easier to Digest
Some people find sprouted grains also easier to digest as once the germ, (the plant embryo) starts sprouting a shoot, it produces enzymes that wipe out the hard to digest growth inhibitors and convert the long-term-storage starch of the endosperm to simpler molecules that are easier for the plant embryo and potentially us to digest. Read more by the The Whole Grains Council.
Broccoli Sprouts Fighting Cancer
Sprouts are showing some very promising health benefits.
Take for instance Broccoli Sprouts – although the nutritional value is lower in broccoli sprouts than fully grown broccoli, the broccoli sprouts have been found to produce more than 20 times more of the cancer fighting phyto-chemical Glucoraphanin than fully grown broccoli. Glucoraphanin which together with another phyto-chemical found in broccoli, produces the cancer fighting biochemical Sulforaphane. This was discovered by Dr. Paul Talalay in 1992 at the John Hopkins University.
In 2002 another study by scientists from Johns Hopkins and the French National Scientific Research Center released this report on a study that stomach cancer caused by the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori, can be killed by purified Sulforaphane, when even antibiotics couldn’t kill it. Note – this study was undertaken using purified Sulfophane and not be eating the actual raw sprouts.
A more recent study in Japan shows promising results to support the John Hopkins study done in 2002 on Broccoli Sprouts and fighting stomach cancer.
The Japanese study showed that eating a daily dose of broccoli sprouts can potentially lower the rate of stomach cancer by defeating the bug Helicobacter Pylori.
Eating Sprouted Food Safety Issues
While sprouts are certainly healthy, it pays to be careful as sprouts are also an ideal breeding ground for food borne illness such as Salmonella, Listeria and E.Coli due to the moist conditions they grow in.
If the seeds you buy to sprout with are contaminated with any of these bugs, then the moist, wet and slightly warm conditions that sprouting needs to occur in, will allow these bugs to multiply very quickly and can cause illness.
It is recommended that pregnant women, young children, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system avoid raw or lightly cooked fresh sprouts. If you are in a high risk group, make sure you cook your sprouts thoroughly.
The growers together with government bodies are working to ensure that the sprouts they sell are uncontaminated with these bacterium. Read more here at Food Safety Gov – Sprouts What You Should Know.
While the risk of contaminated sprouting seeds is low, as with any raw food it is still there.
You can minimize your risk by buying fresh, organic seeds marked especially for sprouting from reputable suppliers such as Green Harvest and also practice good seed sprouting hygiene.
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