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Gold River Food Bank

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GRCS Trapping Schedule
As you know, the Gold River Cat Society has taken on the responsibility of trapping the feral cats to fulfill the requirements of the village’s/BCSPCA grant. We do this the Wednesday night before each vet visit.
In June, however, all vet spaces for the grant have been given over to the Recycling Depot to finish fixing their resident ferals. We will reinstate our trapping for the first vet visit in July and continue from then on until the grant funds has been used up.
Thank you.
Joanne Folkins
President
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GR Golf Course
Starting June 1st our Club House hours will be 9:00am – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday,
And 8:00am – 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
The kitchen will be open seven days per week from 11:30am – 7:30pm
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Via Suzanne Trevis

Gold River Village Council

May 19, 2015

Present for the regular meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Rod MacLeod, Darcy Curr, Gordon Waterman and Kirsty Begon. Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were two members of the public and the press in the gallery.

During Open Session Mayor Unger gave an update on the Saunders Creek Bridge saying the village had sent a strongly worded letter with their concerns regarding the timeline. The project as scheduled is way too long and they are looking for any opportunity to expedite the matter. The letter went forward as a joint effort from all communities in Nootka Sound that are being affected by the work.

The press asked if any other work was being planned on Highway #28 this summer. The Mayor advised that during their visit [about the bridgework] highways personnel had stated no work was being planned at this point, but they would ‘take note’ on their way back about the rougher sections of road.

Minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 4th were adopted, as were the minutes from a Special Meeting held May 7. The May 7 Special Meeting was called to adopt the Villages’ Financial Plan and Tax Rate Bylaws for 2015.

There were six reports on the agenda starting with a quarterly report from Fire Chief Ric Begon. The Gold River Volunteer Fire Department currently operates with 17 members, though a few new recruits have been coming out to practice. They are always willing to welcome new members. During this quarter they attended 1 motor vehicle accident, 1 chimney fire and 2 reports of propane leaks. They have also conducted a number of fire inspections on businesses around town, with the remainder scheduled for the coming quarter.

The next two reports involved Sewer & Water Rates and Solid Waste Tipping Fees, all of which are going up. Some of these services have not seen an increase since 2007, though. In the case of solid waste increases are dictated by the Regional District and the municipality has no choice but to pass that on to the taxpayers. One of the things the Regional District wants to start charging for is brush and tree limbs. Their is a huge concern over this as it is generally felt that if they do this people will just dump their yard debris in the forest, causing a much greater wildfire risk to the community. Although there was some discussion, no decision was made as to how to resolve this issue.

Operations Clerk, Jan Rose, submitted a report on ‘Pitch In’ which took place in Gold River April 25th. Fourteen volunteers came out this year and managed to fill a three yard bin with litter that was collected from our parks, open spaces trails and boulevards. This year most of the litter collected was picked up along the highway between Clayworks and Western Drive. Participants received a snack, a beverage and a free swim pass for their efforts. Thank You for helping keep Gold River garbage / litter free.

There was also a report from the Administrator regarding a resolution passed at the April 20th meeting in which council offered an interest free loan to the Golf Club. In accordance with the Community Charter the village is required to advertise this resolution and it has run in the past two issues of the Campbell River Mirror. It states:

  • “Council for the Village of Gold River proposes to lend twenty thousand ($20,000) dollars to the Gold River Golf Society to assist with the replacement of the Golf Club’s irrigation pond, pond liner, controllers and sprinkler heads. The loan agreement shall be repaid by the Society to the Village with no interest, to the Village over five (5) years beginning October 1, 2015.”

According to the terms of the agreement the Golf Course is required to repay $4,000 per year. They may of course make other payments to pay it off sooner if they wish. They are also required to provide the Village with copies of their annual financial statements.

Council also received the 2015 Corporate Planning Report which has now been reviewed and revised by the new council. In part it states “After consideration of the current work activities and the various factors which are likely to influence village operation, Council has identified a series of potential priorities they wish to give further consideration to. The ultimate decision will rest with the finalization of the Five Year Financial Plan, wherein activities that Council wishes to take place will be allocated funding.”

Priority items considered high include: The Wharf, Water Metre and Water Bylaw review, Sewer Treatment Plant, Energy Saving Initiatives, First Nations, Community Forest Agreement, Cell Phone Coverage, Splash Park, Public Safety Building Upgrade, Aquatic Centre roof repairs, Operational Reviews of Recreation Programming and Utilities Operations, a Contaminated Sites Inventory and Succession Planning.

Under Council Information Items the Mayor reminded everyone that Councillor MacLeod, himself and the Emergency Coordinator, Brenda Patrick, would be attending an Emergency Management Seminar in Courtenay next week. He asked for and received approval for their expenses.

Mayor Unger also gave a quick update on what the Village is doing for the 50th Birthday. Staff are almost ready to send out the official invitations to members of government and other important bodies. They will also be hosting a reunion for previous council members on the Friday evening. Staff are still pricing banners and flags and expect to have them ordered soon. There are four carvers confirmed for the Chainsaw Carving Competition, which is also being sponsored by the village. Carvings, which are required to be some form of seating, will be moved after the event to Nimpkish Park, where they will remain.

It was mentioned at this point that CBC Radio recently did a 2 hour segment interviewing past residents etc of Prince Rupert, who are also celebrating an anniversary this year. Can we get something like this to highlight our event? The Mayor advised that there was a planning meeting coming up and he would look into it.

Council then approved the first three readings of the following bylaws:

  • Trade Waste and Garbage Amendment Bylaw No. 612.6, 2015
  • Water Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 613.3, 2015
  • Sewer Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 614.5, 2015

There were 7 pieces of correspondence on the agenda. Only one received attention. Tercel Telecom Ltd proposed an upgrade to community fibre optic technologies. Council questioned whether this was an addition to what we have now, or in competition with what we have now, and how it was being paid for. Councillor MacLeod offered to call the following day and find out how things worked.

During Question Period Mr. Hart asked whether effluent was ever discharged into the river. The administrator explained that during the winter months treated effluent does go into the river. From May to September treated effluent is diverted behind the public works yard to a rapid dispersal chamber where phosphorus is removed. He emphasized that at no time would raw sewage ever be discharged into the river. Mr Hart explained that his concern was with people downriver (at the municipal campsite) drawing water from the river to consume, and he wondered if the village should have signage at the campsite advising people that the river water was not potable water. Mr Plourde explained that they couldn’t really be expected to post signs like that all over, but that staff would look into what the health ministry’s position is on the matter.

Under New Business Councillor Waterman asked what the process was for changing things so that council only meets once during the summer months of July and August, and convenes at 7pm rather than 7:30. The Administrator explained that it involved changing a bylaw. He would have staff look into the process if council wished to move ahead with that, but that with time constrictions on bylaw changes it may not be effective until next year.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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Treasure Chest Hours Update

Posted on April 12, 2015
Category: Business Buzz, FYI Buzz, Shopping Buzz

Via Carrie McPherson

Treasure Chest Hours Update:

The Treasure Chest will be open Monday to Friday from 1:30 to 5:00 and Saturday 12:00-5:00 when I am able to be there.

The owner of The Treasure Chest…My Mom…Chris Kuhn will be away for some time…her daughter (my sister Jodi) is in Vancouver General Hospital being treated for Leukemia. Jodi will be receiving treatment for several months and needs Mom to be there with her. This has come on suddenly and we are in the midst of figuring everything out…so please bare with us during this difficult time.

If you need anything from the store and are unable to come during the hours we will be open…please feel free to contact me…I am happy to make arrangements.

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Gardening in Gold River Soil

Posted on April 6, 2015
Category: Business Buzz, Gardening Buzz

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Gardening in Gold River Soil

How important is soil ph? It really depends on how much time and money you choose to spend on your garden. On the ph scale from 1 to 14, everything below 7 is acidic and everything above 7 is alkaline. Each living thing in the garden has its own unique ph. Of the many amazing cycles and rhythms within your own backyard, this is just one more intricacy of nature of which a gardener should be aware. Excessive rain, organic decomposition from pine and other evergreen trees, an abundance of buttercup, dandelions, and horsetail are all signs of acidic soil. So, there really is no need to test Gold River soil. It is acidic. This is however, not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just good to know what you are dealing with and, in the end, will save you a lot of work. Many plants that make Vancouver Island so beautiful thrive in acidic soil. Spring is especially beautiful here with blooming rhododendrons, azaleas, heather, magnolias, and many other flowering trees. So, for the decorative beds and border gardens, life is easier for you (and the plants!) if you stick to the acid loving models.

Now, the vegetable garden is a different story. This is where you might want to test your soil for ph before making any amendments. Amending garden soil for ph provides maximum utilization of nutrients and fertilizers to help your vegetables perform at their best. A very general rule is that vegetables like soil ph between 6.0 and 7.5 with root veggies preferring a little bit on the alkaline side and those that are edible above the ground prefer it a little bit acidic. So, the root veggies can be planted in soil amended with a bit of lime or maybe a dusting of wood ash. Both additives provide an increase to the ph of your soil. Wood ash is easily available in Gold River since many people have wood stoves. Just be careful with it, as too much can create soil that won’t allow nutrients to be taken up by plants. Wood ash also wards off root maggots and provides potassium. As with lime, the best time to add wood ash is in the fall. However, they may be added in the spring, but just won’t have as much time to work. The right amount is four to five pounds, or shovelfuls, per 100 square feet, mixed into the top two to three inches of soil.

Now, after you’ve amended your soil for ph, you can now consider fertilizer: N P K. These three symbols are on every package of fertilizer indicating the ratio of nitrogen (for green health), phosphorous (for healthy roots and flowers) and potassium (for a healthy plant immune system). All fertilizers work best when soil is in the right zone of ph. I would like to digress for one comment: as I have indicated in previous articles, in Gold River it is good to lime your lawn before you start pouring the fertilizer on. Without the lime, you might be wasting your money. Back to the vegetable garden, the root growth for your veggies can be enhanced by adding extra phosphorous in the form of bone meal or super phosphate (0-20-0). Sprinkle it directly onto the rows just before planting the seeds, and rake it into the top inch of the soil so it can be used by the young seedlings when they come up. As you may notice, I am not very fussy about exact amounts, but a “handful” is about right for every four to six square feet. Phosphorous won’t burn the seeds, but the plants will only use as much as they need. So, extra handfuls might just go to waste.

One last point about the soil in your vegetable garden is about the texture. When squeezing a handful of dirt, it should almost stay in a clump. Additives such as manure, compost, and sea soil give the soil more weight; and peat moss, sand, vermiculite, or perlite can be used to lighten it. These additives do add acidity to the soil, however, it is minimal.

There is much more detail on this topic, that can be a bit tedious and boring for some of us. However, more research may help others. When gardening, so many things are out of our control: weather, bugs, diseases, etc.. Nowadays, we are fortunate to have the internet at our finger tips to help us solve many gardening problems. A good vegetable garden is the result of some careful work and education combined with plain and simple good luck. Even though every season is a bit of a gamble, it helps to keep us interested to play the game. So, I wish you good luck for the season of 2015!

Bridgite Messer

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Season Five at the Gold River TimberMart Garden Centre

By Bridgite Messer

Trees, shrubs, and grasses are already here with bedding plants arriving starting the first week of May to mid June.

Along with the plants, we try to have everything needed for landscaping: tools, landscape fabrics, mulches (rocks and barks) edging, soils, bricks, and of course interesting accents – pots, garden ornaments, fountains, and even some patio furniture! For garden maintenance, we also have a full line of fertilizers and pesticides. Just to note, two products that are hard to find that we have are Dr. Doom (for ants and other insects) and Bobbex (a deer repellent spray that when used properly, is very effective)

2015 Garden Centre Hours:  Firstly, the garden centre is always accessible just by asking at the main Timber Mart store. During the shoulder seasons we keep the usual gardening needs there. There will be staff at the garden centre on a regular basis starting April 13, working from 10am to 5pm.

Then, starting on Mother’s Day, we will be open 7 days a week: 10am to 5pm daily, with Sunday hours being Noon to 3pm until June 1. Sunday hours may extend into June if needed.

Thank you again to the Gold River residents who have been supporting the garden centre. It is my passion for gardening that keeps me motivated and I enjoy helping and, likewise learning, from all of you. This is my 5th season, and I try to keep your interest by always trying new things. It is especially great to see the growing interest amongst Gold River’s young families.

Many people only dream of being able to live in a serene mountain village close to the sea. We are living that dream. It is so wonderful that our Village Council makes it important to keep our boulevards and parks so beautiful. This really helps to keep our aging town young and we can each help by taking the responsibility to keep our yards nice. I see improvements every year and applaud those who are able to make even the smallest changes. Given that Gold River is celebrating its 50th year, please consider the impression that your yard will have on the many expected visitors. We can help our village by each of us trying to make our little spot within the town look better. We should all be very proud to live here!

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The Gold River Cat Society has just become a registered charity! Once we get the computers set up for them, we will be able to issue tax-deductible receipts. We will let you know when that occurs. Until then, if you wish to help us help the cats and kittens, we can keep your donation information on file and issue a receipt later.
Thank you, Gold River!
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Start Spring With Straight Grain

Posted on March 26, 2015
Category: Business Buzz

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Submitted by Gold River Cat Society via Care2.com:

It’s kitten season! For cat lovers this means pictures of friends’ newly adopted bundles of joy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and whatever hip new social media sites I haven’t even heard of. But it also means stray fur babies who need help.

What should you do if you come upon kittens outdoors?

1. Assess the situation.

First investigate whether the young ‘uns are on their own. Their mother may be away temporarily to hunt for food, she may be hiding because you are there, or she may be moving the family, one by one, to cushier digs. Back a ways off, stay still, and watch. Give her some time — at least a few hours. If no mom appears, move on to #2 below.

If the mother shows up your action plan depends on whether she is a stray (a pet who has lost her home) or feral (a wild animal who wants nothing to do with you). It’s easy to tell the difference: try to pet her. If she won’t let you close enough for petting, try bribing her with food to get her within arms’ reach. To catch a stray mom, see #5 below.

If she is feral you’re looking at a TNR (trap-neuter-return) situation. Alley Cat Allies has a helpful guide to performing TNR. Keep in mind that kittens younger than eight weeks (here are some tips on determining a kitten’s age) should stay with their mother if at all possible; if they are in a safe location, they are best off remaining there with her. Bring them food, water and shelter (click here for a ton of shelter options).

If the kittens are more than four months old, don’t scoop them up and carry them off — they probably won’t take kindly to it. Treat them like feral cats (meaning they need TNR and not adoption) unless and until they prove otherwise.

2. Do you have time to do it right?

If you have decided they need to be taken in, consider how much time you have to give them. Stray kittens need more than food, litter and  toys — they also need you. Without a lot of positive human interaction the kittens won’t be adoptable and will have to go back outside when they are old enough and have been spayed or neutered.

Kittens younger than four weeks require special round-the-clock care. Do a gut check and make sure you are up to the task before committing to take them on.

3. Can you get the kittens spayed or neutered?

If you take them in, you will need to have your little charges spayed or neutered when they are old enough to prevent them from producing yet more kittens who need homes. They will also need vaccinations and possibly other veterinary services too. Can you afford all of that?

If you can’t, do you have access to veterinarians or organizations that can help? Some vets will reduce their fees when the patient is a rescue, and there are groups that will subsidize the costs or even pay them in full. Find out whether there is one near you.

4. Can you get the kittens adopted?

Unless you plan to keep all the kittens you take in you will have to find adoptive families. Here are some tips on how to do that. Are you willing and able to put in the time and legwork it will take?

If you have considered all these questions and decided that you can’t or don’t want to do what it takes, alert a rescue group to the kittens’ location. Petfinder has a tool to find an organization near you.

If you are up for the challenge, here are your next steps.

5. Catching strays, including the shy ones.

If you’re lucky the kittens will be friendly. See #1 above on how to tell whether a cat likes people. If they let you pet them you can pick them up and pop them into a cat carrier to take them home.

For kittens you can’t touch you will need a humane or “no-kill” trap, which is a cage with a door that shuts when an animal is inside. Before buying one look for a rescue organization that loans them out. Read Alley Cat Allies’ instructions for trapping cats.

6. Make them feel at home.

Prepare a somewhat small, quiet space for the feline family. It should have no hidey-holes that you can’t reach into — you will need to touch the kittens to socialize them, administer any medications, take them to the vet, etc. Create a cozy spot in their room or enclosure where they can retreat and feel sheltered, but make sure you can get a hand in there.

Supply food bowls, water bowls, bedding and litter. The litter box must be shallow enough for stubby little legs to climb in. Fill it with a non-clumping litter — kittens can ingest litter, and you don’t want it clumping up in their tummies.

Keep the tots warm, especially if they are orphaned. Wrap a towel around a heating pad (set it to the lowest temperature) or a hot water bottle. Kittens must also have space to get away from the warmth so they don’t get too hot.

7. Socialize the kittens.

Teaching kittens to love people is a gradual process. Some of them take to people quickly, but prepare to be patient with more reticent types. My favorite part of socialization is the last stage, which involves lots of petting, cuddling and playing, but you have to lay the ground work to get there. The Urban Cat League has a video and a written guide to socializing kittens. Alley Cat Allies offers a detailed how-to.

For more information on helping stray kittens, visit the ASPCA, Petfinder and Alley Cat Allies. The Humane Society has ideas about preventing overpopulation and reaching out to help stray kittens even if you don’t stumble upon any yourself.

Here’s to kittens and making sure they are all safe and sound!

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/7-things-to-do-if-you-find-stray-kittens.html#ixzz3TJcDTZdg

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The Gold River Garden Centre

-by Bridgite Messer

Has spring already sprung? Pineapple Express, El Niño, climate change….whatever it is, gardener’s can certainly take advantage. Just to be able to get outside this early in the year without a rain coat, or mitts and scarf, is very nice and there are many jobs that can safely be done:

  • Lawn Care – I won’t dwell on this topic as I have written on this many times, but just to remind you, applying lime to the lawn can be done regularly throughout the year, even now. It helps to raise the pH of our acidic soil, thus creating an unfriendly environment for moss to grow and helps the grass to utilize fertilizer, which can be applied once the lawn starts growing to the point that you need to mow. Also, bone meal can be applied to the whole yard. It provides a safe natural way of boosting phosphorous (middle number of fertilizer) in the soil. Gold River soil is typically low.
  • Pruning: February is the ideal month to prune. I have several maples in my yard that I like to keep a certain shape and size. This is an easy task. I have let them grow to the size I like and now each February I simply snap off the branches that grew the previous season. These are easily identified by a reddish tone where older branches look grey. Other than deciduous trees, many other plants benefit from early pruning – eg. Clematis and Roses. Evergreens are a different story. To be safe, just “Google” the variety that you have to be sure about the best way to prune. Don’t prune your Hydrangea! All the flowers for this year are already hiding in those dead looking branches sticking out of the ground.
  • General Clean up – For your curbside, this year’s clean-up will be easy. There is minimal sand on the roads so I hope you take a few minutes to sweep up what is there. A tidy street view is an important part of helping your yard, and your street, look its best. Raking and edging the lawn always helps too. Don’t go too crazy in the garden beds yet as dead material helps to protect any new growth from frost.
  • Many people are concerned about bulbs growing and plants budding too early. I always just let nature take its course. Gardening is about enjoyment, not stress. Maybe, something that you consider very special out in the yard might warrant extra effort if we do receive a forecast of a heavy frost after a warm spell. Just simply temporarily cover these plants with extra leaves or cover budding bushes with burlap or light plastic. Luckily, in Gold River, cold snaps usually don’t last very long and typically nothing too drastic results from an early spring. A favourite event in my yard is the early sign of winter ending offered up by the crocuses and other bulbs and I find that the biggest threat to them is deer, not frost, and they seem to always know when they are popping out of the ground! I start using rain-resistant Bobbex, a deer repellent that really works.

So this will be the fifth season for the garden centre. Each season has had a different focus with the intention of enabling Gold River to still have access to a large variety of plants despite only having a small garden centre. Most categories have already been covered, so I plan to start over, returning to Year One by bringing in a large order of trees and bushes. If anyone has any special requests, now would be a good time to let me know. (Until end of March)This order will probably arrive early in April (usually after Easter) with the bedding plants starting in the first week of May. The weather might change this schedule, but bedding plants don’t typically perform very well if they are planted too soon.

The 2015 seeds are in! They are located at the main store until garden traffic dictates to move them over to the garden centre. I’ve got something new for you this year: Sprouting Seeds! Home grown sprouts are up-to-the-minute fresh (they grow until ready to eat) and delicious. These are seeds that can very simply be sprouted right by your kitchen sink, up-to-the-minute fresh and eaten within about three days! Sprouts abound with antioxidants; they’re full of protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. And talk about good for you: ounce for ounce, they provide more nutrients than any other known whole food. I’ve been enjoying fresh sprouts for about a year and as your guinea pig, I can soundly tell you that it’s simple and fun, proving that you can enjoy them year-round in juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, soups and other dishes. The Sprouting Seeds come from West Coast Seeds and are certified organic: alfalfa, mung, broccoli, fenugreek, pea, sunflower, wheat grass…and more. I can teach you how to get started or you can easily learn from the tons of information on the internet. I found this little blurb onsproutlivinging.com that might inspire you to give “sprouting” a try:

10 Benefits of Eating Sprouts

  1. Protein: The quality of the protein from beans, nuts, seed and grains is increased when sprouted. Specific amino acids, such as lysine, can be found in higher quantities in sprouts versus full-fledge plants, allowing our bodies to grow and repair while maintaining a healthy immune system.
  2. Enzymes: Sprouts are estimated to have a hundredfold more enzymes than their raw, full-grown counterparts. Enzymes are proteins that help speed up biological functions and break down food.
  3. Chlorophyll: All sprouts are an excellent source of chlorophyll, the substance that gives plants their green colour. This green “plant blood” can detoxify and cleanse the body, oxygenating the blood. Chlorophyll can also fight and reverse protein-deficient anemia, treat skin disorders, and even protect against cancer. Chlorophyll can only be found in plant sources and is especially rich in sprouts.
  4. Fibre: Fibre is known to be present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains, but when sprouted the fibre content is increased. Fibre keeps the digestive system functioning normally while maintaining healthy weight. By eating more fibre, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  5. Vitamins: You may have noticed a trend developing, but the vitamin content of plants is also at its peak during the sprouting phase. For example, the vitamin B2 content of mung beans increases over 500% after sprouting! Vitamins A, C and E are also known to increase significantly in sprouted grains, beans, seeds, and nuts.
  6. Minerals: The sprouting phase allows for minerals to merge together with the protein from the grain, seed, nut, etc., enhancing protein function and increasing the bioavailability of the protein and minerals, such as the electrolytes calcium and magnesium. This means that the nutrients are more easily absorbed into the body during digestion, making them more usable for maintaining healthy body function.
  7. Fatty Acids: Sprouts are a great source of essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6. Fatty acids help with a variety of bodily functions, such as regulating blood pressure, blood clotting, liver function, and more. These essential fats cannot be produced by the human body and therefore must be consumed in food, resulting in most people being fatty acid deficient.
  8. Antioxidants: The antioxidants content of sprouts is very high and has many health benefits. Because of their ability to reduce oxidative stress, sprouts have even been researched as a beneficial dietary addition for astronauts, who are at risk of oxidative stress from radiation. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which can damage cells and increase the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, and more. Sulforaphane, an antioxidant found in broccoli sprouts, has been researched considerably for its cancer-prevention benefits and is believed to help lower insulin levels and maintain blood-sugar content, reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  9. What They Lack: Most of the benefits of eating sprouts are based on increases in nutrients; however, what sprouts lack in comparison to full grown plants is just as important! For example, sprouted whole grains contain less starch while offering more vitamin C, protein, and carotenoids. Most importantly, wheat, barley and rye, all contain gluten, making them difficult to digest and dangerous to those with celiac disease. However, when harvested as a young, sprouted grass, such as wheatgrass or barley grass, these plants are gluten-free and safe to eat for those with gluten-intolerance when pure.
  10. Cost and Accessibility: Not only are sprouts affordable, but you can also grow them yourself! Home-sprouting will ensure that there are no pesticides, additives, or chemical treatments used on your sprouts, reducing the amount of harmful toxins you consume.
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