Health benefits of Brussels sprouts

By Brooke Strickland

 

I was afraid of Brussels sprouts when I was a kid.  I thought they looked like little green brains and they freaked me out.  True story – and one that I’m sure is a common feeling for many kids out there.  Now that I’m an adult and love Brussels sprouts, I started researching the health properties of them.  There are many great health benefits to eating Brussels sprouts on a regular basis.

First of all, they are high in antioxidants and have high vitamin C, E, and A content, as well as the mineral manganese.   They are also high in fiber and with just one cup of Brussels sprouts you’ll have the 16% recommended daily allowance of fiber you need.  They are especially high in vitamin K which is known to help keep your bones strong and can help prevent calcification of body tissue.  They are also very low in calories and fat and high in protein, so this makes a great addition to your diet.   Brussels sprouts also contain isothiocyanates, which can help prevent cancer by helping eliminating potential carcinogens in the body.

Need some ideas on how to incorporate Brussels sprouts into your diet?  Of course, they are delicious steamed then served with a dash of salt & pepper and a dollop of butter. They are also great when cooked stovetop then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.  They are also amazing roasted with a glaze of balsamic vinegar or as part of a salad chopped up with kale, or shaved with red onion, lemon, and grated Romano cheese. 

These “baby cabbages” (part of the cruciferous family of vegetables) and they contain vitamins and minerals that are essential to maintaining a strong, healthy body.  So eat up! 


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