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Grown from a very tiny chia seed, this sprout is a nutritious ingredient for salads and sandwiches, providing a flavor similar to watercress. The seeds become gelatinous as they absorb water, which occurs when growing sprouts. They must be separated so they can individually begin their growing cycle without being stuck to other adjacent seeds. Highly nutritious, the sprouts are a good source of vitamins and minerals.
The FDA has cautioned consumers about the eating of raw sprouts, especially clover and alfalfa sprouts, due to concerns for their developing of e-coli and salmonella bacteria causing food illnesses from undetected contamination that cannot be removed by the washing of sprouts. Therefore, it is suggested that the sprouts be cooked to remove the potential of harmful bacteria.
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