BRUSSELS SPROUTS: SOME OF THE GREAT BENEFITS + TASTY RECIPES


This is one food item that I “grew to love”, as a small child these were the guys that were likely to be found hidden in the serviette on my lap rather then where they belonged…. In my body providing all their great nutritional benefits!

As an adult though “I Love” my Brussels Sprouts!

Just like Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts are among the group of 12 Cruciferous vegetables that are particularly powerful protectors against cancer, heart disease and stroke. They contain vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals important for our health.

Brussels Sprouts contain the following important nutrients:

  • Calcium

  • Fibre

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium

  • Zinc

  • Copper

  • Manganese

  • Vitamin c

  • Vitamin K

  • B vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin E

  • …among others

Some of the important phytochemicals include:

  • alpha-lipoic acid

  • beta-carotene

  • lutein

  • quercitin

  • glucosinolates

Plan a “meal date” with these little gems soon and benefit from some of their potential health support including some of the following:

  • protection against some of the estrogen related cancers such as breast, uterine and endometrial

  • protection against gastrointestinal cancer

  • protection against liver cancer

  • insulin-producing improvements of the pancreas

  • improvements of the functioning of the metabolic system

When purchasing Brussels sprouts avoid purchasing ones with yellow or wilted leaves; the freshest ones will have firm, tightly packed, bright green heads.

They will keep for approximately 4-5 days in your refrigerator crisper, unwashed and uncut in a plastic bag (with a few holes in it). If you notice that you have a few that are a bit yellowed and/or wilted, remove the yellowed/wilted pieces prior to storing.

When you are ready to prepare them, soak them for a bit in warm water then rinse under colder water, trim the ends and remove the coarser outer leaves. Cook until tender but don’t overcook, as you’ll notice a strong sulfer smell from them.

Find some great recipe ideas here

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