Nutrition 1 MIN READ

Sprouting for health: How sprouts affect glucose metabolism

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

Sprouts, made from seeds, lentils, and pulses, are a rich source of fibre and protein. Proteins and fibres take longer to metabolize than carbohydrates. Hence, they do not cause blood glucose spikes. It is best to combine fibre-rich foods such as sprouts with carbs to balance the meal. It is recommended to include each section from the food pyramid for a complete meal.

How to add sprouts to a meal?
• Sprouts sauteed in some olive oil make a delicious breakfast. Adding a slice of brown bread balances out the glucose load of the meal.
• A mix of sprouts and pulses can increase the protein value of the meal. Try having it as a side dish.
• Having a mid-morning hunger pang? Try a delicious snack of sprouts with some veggies and herb salads. The high-fibre content will keep you feeling full longer.
• Curries with sprouts and lentils when combined with carbs such as brown rice or chapatis make a fibre-filled and nutrient-rich meal.

Sprouts have a low glycemic index (GI). They are rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories. They contain antioxidants that bind with free radicals and prevent cell damage. These nutrients together improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar. If you have fluctuating blood sugar levels, include sprouts in your diet for better glucose control.

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