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The Sprout Revolution with Doug Evans


Picture this: nestled within a tiny seed lies the blueprint for life itself, quietly waiting for the right moment to burst forth. Add a splash of water and a hint of sunlight, and these unassuming seeds awaken, transforming into vibrant sprouts teeming with life and health benefits.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:  

-Who is Doug Evans?… 06:10

-Does blending sprouts activate cancer-fighting sulforaphane?…07:31

  • Little vacuoles (storage compartments within the cells of plants) contain water, nutrients, waste products, and glucoraphanin — a natural compound found in certain vegetables, particularly in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale 
  • The vacuoles open and blend with myrosinase (an enzyme found in plants) when chewed, creating sulforaphane — a compound known for its potential health benefits, including anti-cancer properties and support for detoxification processes in the body
    • Freezing action has the same effect
  • You can keep sprouting seeds in the freezer for longer preservation, but it’s best to use sprouts fresh

-How did Doug get into sprouts?…10:27

  • Doug first saw sprouts in a farmer’s market in New York 30 years ago
  • He moved to the Mojave Desert 7 years ago and lacked fresh food
  • Decided to grow sprouts
    1. Sprouts are vegetables
    2. Sprouts are rich in nutrients
      • Could be an alternative to a multivitamin or a protein powder
    3. Sprouts are medicine

-What plant defense mechanisms could be harmful?…14:36

  • Paul Saladino and Steven Gundry on sprouts
  • Podcast with Dr. Paul Saladino:
  • Podcast with Dr. Steven Gundry:
  • Doug has lived exclusively on sprouts for 30 days at a time
  • Protein-oriented sprouts all have amino acids that form complete proteins
  • A seed is a complete living organism in a dormant state
    • What allows that seed to stay in this dormant state are nature’s preservatives
    • Soaking seeds with water triggers a chemical reaction, and the seed germinates
    • By doing that, you remove the enzyme inhibitors
  • Soaking initiates a metabolic transformation — from a seed to a vegetable
  • Sprouting and fermentation help to pre-digest potential digestive irritants
  • Soak Time For Common Seeds, Nuts, Beans and Grains
  • Populations living on legumes 

-How do you sprout properly?…21:04

  • The Sprout Book by Doug Evans
  • The first instances of sprouted seeds go back to 3,000 BCE
  • You take a jar, take a quarter cup of seeds, and fill it up with 1 cup of water
    • Leave them soaked for 8 hours
    • You rinse them twice a day
  • The Sprouting Company (use code BEN to save 10%)
  • On average, produce is old when you get sprouts at the grocery store
  • Home-grown sprouts are eaten whole when they are alive
  • Digestive distress when eating sprouts
    • Sprouts are prebiotic (insoluble fibers in plants are prebiotic)
    • It may take a few days or weeks to establish a healthy microbiome 
    • The body adjusts over time

-What are Doug’s favorite sprouts?…28:48

  • Sprouted garbanzo beans
    • A good snack midday or before dinner
    • Fills you up
    • A cup has 20g of protein
  • Sprouted lentils
    • Doubles the antioxidant levels
    • Triples the vitamin C
    • Quadruples the soluble and insoluble fiber
  • Protein Mix (use code BEN to save 10%)
    • Garbanzo
    • Mung beans
    • Lentils
  • Alfalfa (use code BEN to save 10%)
    • Alfalfa sprouts for the goats
  • Can also sprout pumpkin, chia, and flax seeds
  • Chia and flax seeds have omega-3 medium-chain fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  • The myth that the conversion from ALA into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is inefficient — EPA and DHA are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that are primarily found in fatty fish and seafood 
  • Nori sea vegetable
  • Podcast with Dr. Bill Harris and Dr. Kristina Jackson:
  • OmegaQuant Omega-3 Index Test
  • Doug has never felt better and does 300 push-ups a day
  • Ben does 100 push-ups a day

-What are Doug’s favorite recipes for sprouts?…33:47

  • Used to add sprouts to his salads
  • Now uses sprouts (whole jars) as the salad base and adds different dressings
  • Wrapping sprouts and making sushi — sprouts replace the fish and rice
  • Adds soup as a dressing on top of his sprouts
  • Ben uses bone broth with his sprouts
  • Dr. Thomas Cowan’s Garden (use code BEN to save 15% off of any vegetable powders)
    • Ashitaba powder
    • Low oxalate greens
  • Primal Kitchen (use code BEN to save 10%)
    • Caesar dressing
    • Ranch dressing

-How do you preserve and store sprouts?…37:06

  • 3 types of preservation:
    1. Freezing
    2. Dehydration
    3. Freeze drying
  • Dehydration removes water molecules — left only with the cytoplasm (a jelly-like substance that fills the cell and is enclosed by the cell membrane)
  • With low-temperature dehydration, you still get living, enzymatically-rich food that stores well
    • Dehydration is a great way to be able to travel with the sprouts
  • The first go-to is always fresh
  • How long can they stay in the refrigerator?
    • If something looks slimy or smells funky, don’t eat
    • They can usually be stored for 2–3 days

-What is The Sprouting Company and how is it solving sprouting problems?…39:51 

  • The Sprouting Company (use code BEN to save 10%)
  • The story of co-founder Mike Posner
    • Transformation from being a pop artist to walking across the country and climbing Mount Everest
  • Doug’s beginnings and problems with sprouting
  • Finding the right seeds
  • Germination is very important
  • Broccoli and Friends
  • Had broccoli seeds tested for sulforaphane and the precursor glucoraphanin at a third-party lab 
    • Some had 30, 40
    • The highest was 55
    • Some seeds had 0 levels
  • Sent seeds to another lab to get them DNA sequenced
    • Some seeds were in the Brassica family — not actually broccoli
  • Sprouting Kit (use code BEN to save 10%)
  • Sprouting App
  • Benefits of sprouts and anti-nutrients
    • Anti-nutrients protect the plants from predators, which are insects
  • New research from Johns Hopkins University on broccoli sprouts, sulforaphane, and autism
  • The anti-nutrients are creating heat shock protein impact in the brain
    • Simulating the effects of getting a fever
    • Beneficial effects similar to a sauna, a hot bath, or even a cold plunge
  • Chefs love sprouts
    • Sprouts can be the main ingredient of the meal

Something awesome is coming…

  • How do you manage 300 pushups a day?
  • If someone googled you, what’s something people wouldn’t find out about you on the internet?
  • Why were you “uneducatable” growing up?
  • What keeps you awake at night?
  • What would you say if you could return to your 15-year-old self?
  • What single book has been most formidable to you?
  • What kind of negative feedback do you get online?
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?

-And much more…

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