Sprouts: the super food from Ideal Chef

At Fruit Attraction Ideal Chef is presenting its new range of sprouts

The scientific community acknowledges sprouts as a super food. Ideal Chef, in conjunction with CSIC (Spanish Higher Centre for Scientific Research)  have created a range of sprouts, and a new production process managed under the strictest protocols, to bring these products to the retail market.

In the United States, according to the magazine Nutrition Business, sprout consumption grew at a rate of 17% in 2016, and in 2017 sales volume is forecast to exceed 370 million dollars. In Spain, the product has yet to make a forceful entrance into the retail market. Food services and cash and carry are the current outlets for the market offer.

What are sprouts?

Sprouts are the start of vegetable life. Seeds contain a high concentration of proteins and almost all the 10 essential amino acids. This concentration is even higher when the seed germinates, creating a surprising enzymatic factory that will never be repeated during its growing life time. According to the scientists Dunnill and Fowden, “any transformation between a dry seed and a germinated one boosts its nutritional value by between 100% and 1000%.”

This rich enzymatic concentration acts on the human metabolism and allows easy and fast digestion, leading to a regeneration of the blood flow. This enormous nutritional capacity means that sprouts behave in adults the same way as breast milk does for babies, as a pure energy renewal.

Sprouts are more nutritional than leafy vegetables, more digestible than fruit and more revitalising than root vegetables and they can help to attain an excellent state of health.

No pesticides and fungicides

The quality of Ideal Chef’s sprouts is achieved through rigorous seed variety selection, and tightly controlled production processes conforming to the highest possible industry standards and protocols. Sprouts are produced in closed installations and due to the short growing cycle the risk of contamination, and the need for products to stop the contamination is eliminated.

A wide range

Ideal Chef has an extensive portfolio of sprouts amongst which the following stand out:

-Alfalfa, an important source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F and K, which also has purifying properties.

-Red or pink radish, very rich in vitamin C and potassium.

– Pea shoots. Rich in vitamins A, B and C and also in magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. A long shelf life and a flavour that goes well with many other foods.

-Soya beans. Rich in proteins and vitamins A, B, C and E lecithin. They contain folic acid, calcium, magnesium and iron and are widely used in Asian cooking.

-Broccoli sprouts have up to 50 times more nutrients than found in full-grown broccoli. Very rich in vitamins, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc and carotene. Their protein percentage is 35%.

-Kale. They contain important amounts of vitamins A, B, C and K and are very rich in iron.

-Lentils. High in proteins (25%), vitamin C and B1, and copper, iron and zinc. They are highly adaptable for use in salads and have a significantly higher nutritional value than traditional cooked lentils.

Aromatic herbs

Ideal Chef continues marking the difference in the aromatic herb category, a segment in which the brand is the leader in both fresh cut and in potted herbs.

Aware of the importance of certain crops that are very difficult to grow and that have special climatological requirements, three years ago the company made an important investment in automated technology in order to be at the forefront of the European sector. Today, in the installations in Murcia, basil is produced 52 weeks a year, and cut chives has also been added to the annual range.

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