Salads and sprouts

I have always been a big fan of salads. My mother told me once that if you can eat it raw, it can go into a salad, so we were experimenting from a young age with all sorts of ingredients. I have two favourite ingredients, namely avocado and sprouts.

Not only is avo most fantastic to eat, but highly beneficial in promoting eye health as we age. It contains almost 20 vitamins, mineral and phytonutrients, essential for preventing many chronic diseases as well as a plant sterol which maintains healthy cholesterol levels.
The avocado is simply an amazing nutrient booster and allows the body to absorb more fat soluble nutrients.

Sprouts are jam packed with enzymes. What fascinates me so much about these little guys is the change in their nutritional value from the dormant dry state (seeds) to when they are sprouted. We are fortunate in that we offer sprouts from two suppliers, namely a mixed pack from Kitchen Garden (with a very interesting website full of excellent information regarding sprouts and sprouting) and individual packs from Sunshoots.

A recent report from the Organic Center has found yet more evidence for the benefits of organic. Food scientists compared the nutritional levels of modern, chemically-grown crops with historic, and generally lower-yielding, ones. They found that chemically grown food produced 10 to 25 percent less iron, zinc, protein, calcium, vitamin C, and other nutrients.

Researchers, looking at wheat cultivars in particular, comparing those grown from 1842 to 2003, found an 11 percent decline in iron content, a 16 percent decline in copper, a 25 percent decline in zinc, and a 50 percent decline in selenium.

They concluded that organically grown crops “develop more robust root systems that more aggressively absorb nutrients from the soil profile, and produce crops with higher concentrations of valuable nutrients and phytochemicals.” Organic food can have up to 30 percent more antioxidants, and 20 percent more nutritional content for some minerals, the report concludes.

To get your hands on some of those nutrients, visit www.ethical.org.za now!

The Co-op team.