Microgreens – More Nutritious Than Mature Vegetables and Herbs?
“In the past few years, there has been optimistic research into determining whether microgreens are more nutritionally dense per calorie than that of fully matured vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The 2012 article “Assessment of Vitamin and Carotenoid Concentrations of Emerging Food Products: Edible Microgreens” published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers Dr. Qin Wang of the University of Maryland and Gene Lester of the USDA conclude that microgreens contain up to 4-40x more raw nutrients than their fully matured counterparts. Although research of microgreens has only begun, there are already some contrasting studies showing minimal differences in the nutritional density of amaranth microgreens. However, despite sharing an equal amount of nutrition, amaranth microgreens can be grown indoors and harvested in less than a week while fully grown amaranth will require outdoor garden space and up to three months for harvest.” Read full article here.
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