Swapping Lettuce for Sprouts and Microgreens Can Help You Meet Several Daily Vitamin Requirements


By Dr. Mercola When you grow your own vegetables and notice the tender, young plants emerging from the earth, you may be surprised to learn that not only is it OK to harvest them while they’re still only a week or two old, but these sprouts and microgreens actually offer superior nutrition.1,2,3 Many of the benefits of sprouts and microgreens relate to the fact that, in their initial and early phase of growth, the plants contain more concentrated amounts of nutrients. As a result, you need to eat far less, in terms of amount, compared to a mature plant. Sprouts, Microgreens and Baby Greens Once the sprout starts to grow — but well before it reaches maturity — it’s considered a microgreen. Sprouts may be harvested within just a few days or a week of growth, while microgreens are typically harvested after two to three weeks, when they’ve reached a height of about 2 inches. “Baby greens” are microgreens allowed to grow to a height of about 4 inches before harvesting. All of these —
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