Microgreens have high nutritional values in comparison to the adult species. Different species of microgreens contain polyphenols and antioxidants that are higher in concentration while the crop is still at its seedling stage. The various types of polyphenols and antioxidants may aid in slowing down and preventing certain ailments as the body ages.
However, it is important to note that studies on microgreens’ impact on medical conditions in humans are currently limited. Still, there are studies that have generated promising results such as the one led by Tom Wang of the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Their results indicated that laboratory mice which ate red cabbage microgreens had lower bad cholesterol levels compared to those which ate mature red cabbage plants despite both being on a high-fat diet.
Besides microgreens’ potentially high health benefits, they greatly enhance and compliment dishes in flavour and visual appeal. Microgreens may have a bold and intense aromatic flavour coupled with a wide variety of colors depending on the variants of each species. For example, the basil microgreens pack quite a punch with their taste and aroma despite their size. If you do not believe, try picking up some from your local supermarket if available or you can always grow them!
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