Sprouts are packed with nutrients, easy to grow and have a variety of tasty flavors. A sprouted seed is easier to assimilate than the seed itself. During the sprouting process, vitamins and enzyme content increases, starch is converted to simple sugars, protein is turned into amino acids and peptones, and fat is broken down into free fatty acids. The sprouting process predigests the nutrients making them easy to digest and assimilate in the body.
As discussed in The Healthy Times blog post, “Spring Cleansing Through Food and Cooking,” sprouts are cooling and detoxifying. Because of these qualities they should be used in moderation. If you are a person who tends to be cold, raw sprouts should be avoided (or minimized) because they can be too cooling.