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  • Germination and Minerals

    I was wondering if germinating seeds results in the reduction of some minerals, including magnesium and potassium, since these minerals are water soluble. I know it is said the vitamin content increases but I do not hear much about the mineral content. I am interested in germinating squash seeds. And also, does water hydrolyze some of the phytic acid or does the water simply leach the phytic acid and the water now contains the phytic acid because I was considering cooking the water after soaking the seeds and drinking it to ensure I am not losing much of the minerals.

    Here is an example of what I am thinking with the difference in mineral content:
    Here is the data for raw lentils.
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Lentils, raw

    Here is the data for sprouted lentils:
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Lentils, sprouted, raw

    Thank you for anyone who has any advice or who has tried to help.

  • #2
    Not sure about the loss of minerals, but squash sprouts and seedlings aren't considered edible.


    • #3
      Squash sprouts aren't edible? But for seeds, I though pumpkin seeds and squash seeds were the same and were considered good to eat raw even? I haven't eaten them though because of phytic acid. But I would like to know more about what you are saying I am quite interested now lol.