Lisa Guy, naturopath and author of The Art of Healing.
"Sprouts are such a fantastic way to give your diet a nutritional boost. There are a wide variety of sprouts to choose from such as alfalfa, mung beans, broccoli sprouts, bean sprouts, sunflower and lentil sprouts.
"Sprouts are considered by many as a 'wonder food' as they are rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C and B, and antioxidants. They're also an excellent source of living enzymes, that can assist digestion and promote general health. When a seed sprouts or germinates its nutritional value significantly increases.
"Most dry seeds, legumes and grains contain enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid that make them hard to digest. When they are soaked however the sprouting process begins and these inhibiting elements are neutralised, making them more easily digested, and their nutrients more readily absorbed and utilised by the body. Sprouts are also an alkalising food. We should be including plenty of alkaline-forming foods in the diet to promote good health and prevention of disease. Raw or lightly cooked is the best way to eat sprouts to retain their goodness. Sprouts are easy to grow at home and are delicious added to sandwiches, salads, stir-fry dishes, and curries. Fermented bean sprouts also make a tasty, nutritious side dish."