Microgreens were introduced to the restaurant scene in California in the 1980s, since then interest in them has only grown. Although small in size, they contain a large variety of nutritious compounds. Making them a perfect addition to any dish. Let's dig into why microgreens are such an easy step to take when in route to a healthier lifestyle.
Much of the well-deserved popularity of microgreens is due to the fact that the nutrients found inside are concentrated. Many times they contain more amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the same volume as their mature leaf counterparts. (1) Microgreens are also abundant in antioxidants. (1) Whilst every microgreen is unique in what benefits they provide the majority commonly contain high levels of potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper. (2)
HEALTH HEALTH HOORAY
It's no secret that increasing your veggie intake can lower the risk of many diseases. (3) studies conducted on animals show that microgreens may lower triglyceride and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. (4) This is most likely because microgreens are an abundant source of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease. (5) Foods rich in antioxidants like microgreens may also help lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease, various cancers, and diabetes. (6)(7)
ADDING MICROGREENS TO THE MIX
Although microgreens can simply be clipped and snacked on you might want to try to get creative with the culinary potential these microgreens have. Whether they're the finishing touch on your perfectly crafted instagramable dish or simply to be ingested in an incognito form via smoothie the options are endless.