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Legumes, including beans, peas and lentils, make for a rich source of healthy protein, carbohydrates and fiber. But they can also be hard to digest and cause abdominal discomfort, bloating or gas. In fact, many legumes contain antinutrients, plant compounds that block nutrient absorption in the digestive system. Sprouting is a popular soaking method that mimics growth conditions, softens legumes for easy digestion and disables antinutrients. And it is easier than you may think. With minimal equipment, time and effort, sprouting is a fun way to grow your own produce.
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