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Old 05-14-2017, 12:27 PM
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hey all! my flock has recently taken a liking to kale sprouts. are these healthy? I know regular kale is healthy, yet has high oxalic acid so it should be given in moderation... does the same go for sprouts?
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Kale isn't high in oxalic acid. in fact it's very low in it. Scroll down to the charts at http://oxalicacidinfo.com/ to see the amounts determined by two different sources.

I'm not aware of any problems with kale sprouts. There are lots of people on the internet saying that sprouting transforms a seed into a wonderfully healthy superfood, but scientific studies on the nutritional benefits of sprouting indicate that the changes are not dramatic, and the nutritional value of a lightly sprouted seed is pretty much the same as the nutritional value of the dry seed before it was sprouted.

The nutritional content of a seed is very different from that of a green plant, because these are totally different stages of the plant's life cycle and it calls for a different package of nutrients. The nutritional content of a kale seed is probably going to be closer to a sunflower seed than a kale leaf.
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Kale isn't high in oxalic acid. in fact it's very low in it. Scroll down to the charts at http://oxalicacidinfo.com/ to see the amounts determined by two different sources.

I'm not aware of any problems with kale sprouts. There are lots of people on the internet saying that sprouting transforms a seed into a wonderfully healthy superfood, but scientific studies on the nutritional benefits of sprouting indicate that the changes are not dramatic, and the nutritional value of a lightly sprouted seed is pretty much the same as the nutritional value of the dry seed before it was sprouted.

The nutritional content of a seed is very different from that of a green plant, because these are totally different stages of the plant's life cycle and it calls for a different package of nutrients. The nutritional content of a kale seed is probably going to be closer to a sunflower seed than a kale leaf.
oh great! thanks for letting me know!! glad the birdies can keep eating them
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I wish my 'tiels liked sprouts! They shake their heads after beaking them because they hate the fact that they're moist. Georgie, however, loves all kinds of soft mushy food.
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I wish my 'tiels liked sprouts! They shake their heads after beaking them because they hate the fact that they're moist. Georgie, however, loves all kinds of soft mushy food.
awww my guys really like the more sprouted seeds with the leaves, maybe they'll be more inclined to eat those kind?
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