Trending now: Sprouted grains

These grains have more nutrients than regular whole grains, and they may be easier to digest.


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You know that whole grains are loaded with nutrients and fiber and are an important component of a healthy diet. Now an early harvesting method for grains — when they're just sprouts — is becoming popular, with sales of sprouted grains predicted to grow eightfold in the United States by 2018.

"It's one of those trends taking off as people are looking for the next big thing. And in some ways, sprouted grains are a step above regular whole grains," says Kristina Secinaro, a registered dietitian at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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