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Swapping Lettuce for Sprouts and Microgreens Can Help You Meet Several Daily Vitamin Requirements

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  • Sprouts and microgreens are far more nutrient-dense than their full-grown vegetable counterparts, providing higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and health-promoting phytochemicals
  • Sprouts may be harvested within just a few days or a week of growth, while microgreens are typically harvested after two to three weeks, when they’ve reached a height of about 2 inches
  • A simple way to dramatically improve your nutrition is to simply swap out lettuce for sprouts and/or microgreens in your salad — or on burgers, sandwiches and other meals

By Dr. Mercola

When you grow your own vegetables and notice the tender, young plants emerging from the earth, you may be surprised to learn that not only is it OK to harvest them while they're still only a week or two old, but these sprouts and microgreens actually offer superior nutrition.


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