Toge is one type of vegetable that is consumed by many Indonesian people. Many benefits of bean sprouts that you can consume, but there are some things that need to be considered to prevent risks that can interfere with health.
Toge is also a nutritious food that is easily digested. A nutritionist tells us that the process of sprouting seeds is a process of breaking down the seeds.
Various Benefits of Toge for Health
One of the most common benefits of bean sprouts is to reduce the work of the digestive system in the body, while helping the absorption of iron, vitamin C, and zinc contained in the bean sprouts. That’s why bean sprouts can be the right choice for those who experience indigestion, or who have a hypersensitivity reaction to grains.
Besides being good for digestion, the benefits of bean sprouts also play an important role in controlling blood sugar levels. This is based on research theory which states that bean sprouts have the ability to regulate the activity of the amylase enzyme, an enzyme that the body uses to break down and digest sugar.
Another benefit of bean sprouts is that it can reduce risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels. By consuming bean sprouts it can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). However, further research is still needed.
Things to Look For When Eating Toge
Although it is known to have various benefits, but there are some things that need to be known before consuming bean sprouts. Generally bean sprouts sold on the market, have the possibility to contain Salmonella bacteria. These bacteria can cause infections, which cause symptoms of stomach pain, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and fever. In addition, there is also a risk of sprouting from the E. coli bacteria which can also cause infection.
Possibly this is due to the selection of seeds that are less hygienic, poor sanitation, or contaminated during the sprouting or sprouting process. In addition, warm and humid conditions during the process of turning beans into bean sprouts can also support the breeding of bacteria.
To consume sprouts safely, do the following:
- Smell the bean sprouts you will buy. If it’s still fresh, it shouldn’t smell.
- Wash the bean sprouts and other fruits and vegetables, to eliminate harmful bacteria.
- After washing thoroughly, immediately add the bean sprouts to the refrigerator or refrigerator.
- Avoid consuming raw bean sprouts. Cook the bean sprouts until they are fully cooked, which is marked by boiling water.
- It is important to note, raw sprouts should not be consumed by children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people who have low endurance.
What needs to be emphasized again in consuming sprouts is to avoid consuming raw sprouts. It is recommended to cook the bean sprouts until they are fully cooked, in order to avoid a variety of harmful bacteria. This can make the benefits of bean sprouts optimal when consumed, without creating health risks.