Sprouting Improves the Affordability and Accessibility of Fresh Vegetables for Low-income Minorities

By Causenge Cangin and Shanti Malladi.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Sprouts may provide uniquely affordable nutritional opportunities (including sulforaphane and phyto-nutrients) for low-income minorities. Bioactive sprouts are super-vegetables because they contain higher concentrations of disease-fighting nutrients than their grown vegetable counterparts. Sprouts have significantly denser quantities of anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and cholesterol-lowering nutrients than their corresponding mature vegetables. Research indicates that sprouts inhibit the development and progression of inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Despite the heavy burdens of cancer and chronic diseases among low-income minorities, sprouts are under-consumed. Sprouting lowers the cost and increases year-round accessibility and availability of fresh vegetables. African Americans have higher rates of cancer mortality, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes than Caucasians, partly because African Americans tend to have lower levels of serum nutrients (vitamin E, D, B, A, magnesium) than Caucasians. Racial nutritional disparity contributes to racial health disparity. Fresh vegetables are more expensive and less shelf-stable than processed food. Low-income individuals are vulnerable to both racial health disparity and poor nutrition. Sprouting legumes, grains, and seeds increase the affordability and seasonal accessibility of vegetables. Sprouting ameliorates racial disparity in key nutrient accessibility for low-income minorities.

Keywords: African Americans, Cruciferous, Legumes, Grains, Seeds

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.37-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 283.757KB).

Causenge Cangin

Researcher, NKU Faculty, Covington, KY, USA

Causenge Cangin is faculty at NKU; she holds her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and her Master of Science degree from the University of California in Davis, California.

Shanti Malladi

Researcher, Occupational Therapist, San Francisco, CA, USA

Shanti Malladi is a distinguished scholar. As an excellent and devoted researcher and occupational therapist, Shanti Malladi plays an instrumental roles in the public school districts of San Francisco.