Microgreens are extremely nutritious; they are also termed as ‘superfoods’ and can be grown in a short span of time — between a week to 14 days. They are flavourful and can easily be incorporated into a diet in a variety of ways. They’re also generally very nutritious and may even reduce your risk of certain diseases. Given that they’re easy to grow at home, they’re a cost-effective way to boost nutrient intake without having to purchase large quantities of vegetables.
While the nutrient contents vary slightly in microgreens, most varieties tend to be rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper. They are also a great source of beneficial plant compounds like antioxidants.
A brainchild of Anuj Malhotra, an IIT Kharagpur and Xavier’s Institute of Management graduate, Little GIANTS’ portfolio constitutes multiple product ranges and varieties like Edible flowers, Microgreens and Exotic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and berries. These microgreens are a powerhouse of nutrition and taste. Hence the brand name and the tag line “Little in size, GIANT in nutrition and taste”, says Anuj Malhotra.
Since its inception six years ago, Little GIANTmainly focused on the hotel industry and has constantly innovated with sustainable design & farming systems along with delivery methods to boost healthy eating through simple and sustainable living. And since the lockdown began in 2020, have been able to change the game with innovations in customer acquisition and a B2B to B2C shift that includes home delivery of home kits, subscription models on the lines of OTT platforms and home-delivered and retail ready, curated, healthy “super salads”.
Little Giant has also launched the subscription-based model which is only in Mumbai as of now. It allows customers to get healthy salad boxes with exotic salad leaves, Cherry tomatoes, antioxidant-rich microgreens and salad dressing delivered to one’s doorstep at a pre-defined frequency.
Health Benefits of Microgreens
Eating vegetables is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. Microgreens contain similar and often greater amounts of these nutrients than mature greens. As such, they may similarly reduce the risk of the following:
• Heart disease: Microgreens are a rich source of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Animal studies show that microgreens may lower triglyceride and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
• Alzheimer’s disease: Antioxidant-rich foods, including those containing high amounts of polyphenols, may be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Diabetes: Antioxidants may help reduce the type of stress that can prevent sugar from properly entering cells. In lab studies, fenugreek microgreens appeared to enhance cellular sugar uptake by 25–44%.
• Certain cancers: Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in polyphenols, may lower the risk of various types of cancer. Polyphenol-rich microgreens may be expected to have similar effects.
• Improve eyesight: Squinting at your screen? Increase your leafy green intake—which should include microgreens. They contain lutein, a phytochemical implicated in vision health. Research from Frontiers in Plant Science confirms the lutein content in microgreens can help your eyes absorb excess light intensity – which many office workers agree can lead to headaches and migraines.
• Reduce constipation: As part of an overall healthy diet, microgreens might help speed things up in the bathroom. Any fibre can help reduce constipation.
• Ward off digestive ailments. The high “prebiotic” fibre content in microgreens can help nourish the friendly probiotic organisms in your gut. The journal Gut Microbes backs that up These “prebiotic” fibres stimulate the growth of intestinal bacteria associated with overall health and wellbeing
• Boost your immune system: If you feel the sniffles coming on, do yourself a favour and make a Microgreen salad. Any vegetable has the potential to be anti-inflammatory and potentially affect immunity in a positive way. And microgreens pack a ton of these nutrients into an easy-to-eat package.