Brussels Sprouts are named after a region of Belgium named “Brussels”. They are part of the cruciferous vegetables in the Brassica family. These nutritious vegetables are closely related to broccoli and cabbage. All cruciferous vegetables are nutritionally dense and very healthy. Brussels sprouts can play a dominant role in a healthy diet because they are readily available and reasonably priced. See why these “Mini Cabbages” are so good to eat.
- Heart Healthy
- Cancer Prevention
- Digestive Support
Detoxify Digestive Tract– Brussels Sprouts are an outstanding source of glucosinolates. Glucosinolates create isothiocyanates, and it’s the isothiocyanates that detoxify the body. The high concentration of glucosinolates produce a detoxifying effect in the digestive tract.
Heart Healthy– Researchers have studied cruciferous vegetables like brussels sprouts to see how they affect heart disease. They found that an anti-inflammatory compound called isothiocyanate (ITC) sulforaphane reduces the risk for heart attack and atherosclerosis. They also contain a type of fiber that binds to bile acids in the intestines and lowers cholesterol.
Cancer Prevention– Cancer thrives where there is inflammation, free radicals, and toxicity. Brussels sprouts reduce inflammation, detox the body, and neutralizes free radicals with anti-oxidants. These three components of cruciferous vegetables can have a positive impact on cancer patients. Brussels sprouts have shown to be especially effective in breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
Anti-Inflammatory– Another benefit of glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts is to help regulate the body’s inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Vitamin K and Omega 3 fatty acids also contribute to their anti-inflammatory punch.
Anti-Oxidant– Brussels sprouts have many vitamins that are potent anti-oxidants. Some of them are Vitamin C, and A (in the form of beta-carotene), Manganese, quercitin and isorhamnetin. The list goes on and on. Free radical damage to cells is kept to a minimum with a diet containing brussels sprouts.
Digestive Support– The fiber content in brussels sprouts is 4 grams in only 1 cup. Fiber rich foods help keep your digestive tract working properly and prevents toxicity. Glucoraphanin protects the health of our stomach lining by preventing bad bacteria in our stomach from clinging to our stomach wall.
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The cholesterol lowering abilities of brussels sprouts increases when you steam them for 5-6 minutes. The fiber is more able to bind to the bile acids and is eliminated with a bowel movement. Make sure they are cut in half or quarters before steaming to cook them evenly. A little salt and pepper is always a good choice.Choose brussels sprouts with vibrant green leaves with little to no yellow. The best tasting ones are firm and not spongy. Avoid any sprouts that have holes in the leaves as this indicates the presence of insects. Wash them thoroughly because dirt and sand gets trapped in between the tight-knit leaves.
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