5 most nutrient-packed microgreens you should consider

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They taste yummy and are popular among health-conscious foodies. Yes, we are talking about microgreens, vegetables harvested as young, tender greens.

In between a sprout and a baby veggie, microgreens are also called vegetable confetti because they come in various shapes and sizes. The best bit is they contain many essential nutrients that are beneficial for health.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Nutritional Science Programme senior lecturer Dr Wong Jyh Eiin said microgreens are popular because they are packed with nutrients.

“Microgreens are rich in vitamins (C, E, beta–carotenes) and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron. It contains health-promoting phytonutrients such as phenolic antioxidants, anthocyanins and carotenoids.

“In a 2012 study which examined 25 microgreens, red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth, and green daikon radish recorded the highest concentrations of vitamin C, vitamin A (carotenoids), vitamin K and vitamin E (tocopherols), respectively, ” said Dr Wong, who is also the Nutrition Society of Malaysia’s assistant honorary secretary.Microgreens can be sprinkled on any salad for that added crunch. Photo: FilepicMicrogreens can be sprinkled on any salad for that added crunch. Photo: Filepic

Here are the top five microgreens that pack a punch:

Red cabbage

These microgreens come in shades of petite red to violet stemmed with variegated green leave hues. A 2016 study by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that it can help lower lipid and cholesterol levels.

Micro cilantro

If you enjoy the citrusy taste of cilantro/coriander, you will undoubtedly love the mini versions of these microgreens. These herbs are high in carotenoids and are vital in protecting cells and organs from damage.

Garnet amaranth

Besides Vitamin K, did you know these tiny plants are rich in calcium too? It is believed that 80% of the Aztecs’ diet consisted of this plant.Daikon radish contains essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and iron. Photo: FilepicDaikon radish contains essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and iron. Photo: Filepic

Green daikon radish

It might be a tad spicy, but daikon radish is rich in many vitamins and minerals. It includes vitamin E and iron, magnesium and potassium.

Clover

Lacking calcium, zinc and iron in your diet? It is advisable to consume clover microgreens as they contain a host of nutritional benefits.

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