Sprouts
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Sprouts are the germinated Seeds of various plants. Think of them as baby versions of the complete plant. When you consume Sprouts you are eating the whole plant: the seed, the root, the stem, and the pale little leaves. Alfalfa Sprouts are an example of Sprouts.

Nutrition

Sprouts have a deserved reputation as a source of food poisoning, principally from Salmonella and E Coli. In 2011 52 people died from bad Sprouts raw in Europe. The best defense against food poisoning in Sprouts is to avoid them. A close second choice is to cook them.

To combat outbreaks commercial Sprout growers in the U.S. must adhere to rigorous FDA production rules.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes