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Sprouting soybeans: How to sprout and why you should start

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As a fan of soybeans, you likely already know about the many health benefits these little legumes contain and the fact that they are so widely used to make a variety of delicious products. But have you ever considered sprouting soybeans?

If you have never sprouted any type of bean before, let alone soybeans, then now is the perfect time to see what you have been missing. Soybean sprouting is a great way to get started – and you’ll love the new culinary options you can explore once you have some sprouted soybeans on hand in the kitchen.

This blog will serve as an introduction to the world of sprouting soybeans, an overview of why it’s a great idea and a guide on how you can get started sprouting your own beans at home.

What are sprouts?

Sprouting has been around for ages – literally. In many regions around the world, people have long been taking legumes, nuts, seeds and grains by soaking, sprouting or fermenting as a way to make them more digestible.

The actual sprouting process, which we will go into detail on later in this post, generally involves soaking the selected legumes, seeds, nuts or grains for a few hours until they start to grow a sprout from the inside. That sprout is able to grow because of the softened exterior created by the soaking.

Sprouting has certain health benefits

People have been sprouting ever since they discovered – a very long time ago – that sprouting can make certain seeds easier to digest. This is because some often contain what are referred to as anti-nutrients, which affect nutrient absorption in the body.

Some seeds contain other substances that can cause gastrointestinal issues, while some other types of raw or uncooked beans or seeds aren’t edible and can even be toxic.

These are all reasons why people sprout.

Why you should try soy sprouts

With soybean sprouts, you can expect a resulting sprout that has a low calorie count and boasts many of the same beneficial compounds and nutrients found in soybeans prepared and consumed in other ways, such as in soy milk.

Soybean sprouts can also be eaten boiled or raw. This gives you the opportunity to experiment even further with new recipes. You’re sure to find new favorites once you begin sprouting beans.

Sure, you can find soy sprouts in many health food stores and some grocery stores, but they are easy to make right from the comfort of your own home.

Let’s dive into the health benefits of soybean sprouts a little more, though, shall we?

Soybean sprout nutrition

You can unlock even more health benefits in soybeans by sprouting them before consumption. For example, by sprouting the beans first, you will lower their phytic acid levels. Phytic acid is an antinutrient that actually works against minerals, such as iron, and decreases your body’s ability to absorb them.

So, if you are into making products like soy milk and tofu, then you are increasing your body’s ability to absorb beneficial minerals when you use sprouted soybeans rather than unsprouted beans.

Let’s go back to iron as our example. Soybean sprouts can help more iron get absorbed into your body. This comes with clear benefits for health, including helping people treat iron deficiency anemia.

Just one cup of soybean sprouts boasts the following:

  • 85 calories
  • 7 grams of carbs
  • 9 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of fat
  • 12% daily value of Vitamin C
  • 30% daily value of folate
  • 8% daily value of iron

So, now the question really should be: Why wouldn’t you start sprouting soybeans as part of a healthy diet?

What to expect when you are sprouting

For those who have never sprouted before, you probably have a few questions about what to expect.

We’ll start with the obvious first question: What do soybean sprouts taste like? Well, these sprouts are known for having a nutty, sweet flavor and a nice, crispy texture. With just a few minutes of cooking – yep, that’s all it takes – you can kill any possible bacteria that may be present and also make that nutty, sweet taste stand out even more.

You might notice that the beans will have a sort of green or grassy smell once they have been sprouted after having soaked in water.

You should also know that it generally takes soybeans between four to seven days to sprout. However, if the process is undertaken in good conditions, that time frame could shrink down to as little as two days.

Have fun – and save money sprouting

Like we said earlier, you can find soybean sprouts in stores, but you will save money by sprouting at home rather than paying more at the cash register. Plus, as we’ll get into, you probably have almost everything you need to sprout at home already in the kitchen.

And, of course, soybean sprouting is fun. You can try your hand at many different recipes and versions of the sprouting technique.

Time to sprout soybeans!

Sprouting soybeans is pretty easy and straightforward. It’s not a daunting task for beginners and can quickly become a favorite way of preparing soybeans.

You can even tackle the entire process right from your kitchen. All you need is a quart-sized mason jar, cheesecloth, a rubber band, water and, of course, soybeans. We’ve found that while Natto/Sprouting Soybeans are popular for sprouting, Laura® Soybeans work just as well, too.

For a detailed walk-through on how to sprout your own soybeans, check out this blog post soybean sprouting made easy.

Order soybeans to start sprouting

As we just mentioned, you can use either our Natto/Sprouting Soybeans or our Laura® Soybeans to get started sprouting your own beans.

One of the key differences is that the Laura® beans will end up with a larger sprout. Other than that, though, both beans result in great-tasting, non-GMO and vegan-endorsed soybean sprouts.

Order today right here at! Every bean we carry has been grown, harvested, processed and packaged on our fifth-generation family farm in Iowa. It’s quality you can trust from our farm to your table.