Alfalfa seeds, sprouted, raw

Fun Facts

  1. Alfalfa sprouts are commonly sprinkled on food or sandwiches and mixed with salads. These sprouts come from the alfalfa plant and are eaten within four to seven days of germination. Alfalfa sprouts are available year round and are easy to grow.
  2. Alfalfa sprouts are low in calories, with only 10 grams per serving. Protein accounts for 3.2 calories, carbohydrates account for 2.5 and the remaining calories come from fat.
  3. One cup of raw alfalfa sprouts contains 10 calories, 1.3 grams of total carbohydrates and 0.8 grams of dietary fiber. Based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, these measurements represent less than 1 percent of the recommended daily value, or DV, for carbohydrates and 3 percent for dietary fiber. One cup also contains 1 gram of protein.
  4. Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of vitamin K, with 10.1 milligrams, or 13 percent DV. There are 2.7 milligrams of vitamin C, or 5 percent DV and 11.9 micrograms of folate, or 3 percent DV. Other vitamins with 1 to 2 percent DV each include vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and panthothenic acid.