View Full Version : Sprout chick peas and B12

Dec 5th, 2004, 08:51 PM
According to a site a came across when searching for B12 info on Google (http://www.acne-advice.com/diet/seeds.shtml), Garbanzos (chick peas) can be a good source of vitamin B12:

Chick peas (garbanzos) contains the following: Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin), iron, phosphorus, sulphur, potassium. Sprout them to get a good source of vitamin B12 (Cobalamin).

I've never heard about this before. Anyone else?

ETA: Here's another link: http://www.articlesbase.com/nutrition-articles/nutritional-values-of-different-sprouts-1779205.html

Jun 14th, 2006, 03:39 PM
I've just bought a Biosnacky Germinator (www.avogel.co.uk) (http://www.avogel.co.uk%29). Too my amazement looking through the booklet this morning it states that quite a variety of sprouted seeds contain B12. I can't find anymore details about it on the website.

I'd love to know...
Is it true?
Where did they get their facts from?
Is it because they're organically grown and hence with have the revelant bacteria?
Is it something to do with the process of sprouting?

Maybe I should mail them.

Jun 14th, 2006, 05:07 PM
Despite claims made, there has never been solid evidence that there is human absorbable form of B-12 in chick peas, or any other sprout. It is unwise to rely on these as sources for B-12, unfortunately.



Jun 14th, 2006, 05:11 PM
i have a Biosnacky sprouter and noticed this, too. i wonder how they're allowed to claim sprouts contain B12 if there's no evidence?

Jun 14th, 2006, 05:14 PM
I believe there are a couple of reasons for this:

(1) This stuff is not heavily regulated;

(2) There is a human absorbable form of B-12 and an analogue form which is not absorbable, and actually seems to block absorption of B-12. It is possible these have the analogue form of b-12.

(3) Some sprouts may have some b-12 and others not, and this may vary from batch to batch. They are just not a reliable source, even though occassionally they may have some.