Bean Sprouts refer to the germinating forms of beans. Tender shoots called sprouts, protude from the beans on germination and are edible. Sprouting is done in a warm, moist environment. They are mostly used in Asian cuisine and can be made from many varieties of beans or seeds like mung beans, soyabeans, alfaalfa, chickpeas, mustard, peanuts, green peas, sunflower seeds, wheatgrass kernels, beetroot, broccoli, fenugreek, radish, garlic chive, chinese cabbbage, onion seed and red cabbage. They are widely available all through the year.
When buying sprouts, ensure they have been stored at refrigerated temperatures. Select those sprouts that are crisp without any wilting or musty smell.
Bean sprouts if eaten raw, may cause stomach distress, due to the likely presence of bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella which can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes serious infections.(2)
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