Alfalfa

Alfalfa
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  • Definition

    Alfalfa is a legume primarily harvested as hay and used as animal feed. Its seeds can also be sprouted, making alfalfa sprouts, a common ingredient in fresh sandwiches and salads.

  • Health considerations

    Alfalfa sprouts contain no saturated fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Alfalfa is very low in calories and is a good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin and calcium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese.

  • Keep in mind

    Genetically modified alfalfa plants have been available since 2005.

  • May be found in

    Animal feed, salads (sprouts), sandwiches (sprouts)

  • References

    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
    Self Nutrition Data

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