Legumes have been part of the human diet for as long as grains. The Native Americans have in fact cultivated beans as far back as 7000 BC. They even have a traditional companion planting technique which utilizes this legume along with corn and squash. Evidence of its historical cultivation has also been found in other parts of the world. Beans were discovered stored in ancient Egyptian tombs and they’re mentioned in Homer’s Iliad.
Lentils and other types of beans have been and still are known today as the best sources of protein. Various methods of preparation have been invented to make their digestion easier and thus maximize their nutritional value. One such method is to manually germinate legume seeds and turn them into bean sprouts.
Continue reading to discover more of the benefits of sprouted legumes (and be sure to also check out recommended soak times for beans, grains, legumes, nuts and rice). Continue reading