When we talk about Brussels sprout, the most immediate we relate to cabbage. They belong to same cruciferous family. They are to some extent troublesome in some individuals when consumed in uncooked manner. When cooked appropriately they seem to be very healthy. For people who love Brussels sprouts, here are few more reasons to love them even more. Health benefits of Brussels sprouts from my end will encourage you to add them in your diet and enjoy the delicacy.
Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts:
- Brussels are high in complex carbohydrates. 45% of the total carbohydrates come from fiber.
- Brussels are said to be high in protein as compared to the other vegetables. They contain double the amount.
- Brussels are very low in fat content and hence is highly recommended to all the patients along with all the dieters.
- Brussels are low in sodium content hence they are recommended to hypertensive patients, kidney patients, cardio vascular problems edema etc.
- Brussels sprouts are excellent anti-oxidants. They are rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C (way more than an orange, by the way), vitamin K, as well as beta carotene, folic acid, iron, magnesium and fiber. They’re also high in selenium, which is associated with reduced risks of various cancers, including bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, and ovarian cancer.
- High fiber in Brussels help to lower blood cholesterol.
- Isothiocyanates present in Brussels may also reduce your risk of heart attack, ischemic heart attack and other heart diseases.
- Brussels are high in blood clot-promoting vitamin K. It acts as a poison if given to a patient who are on anti-coagulant drug.
- Brussels have cancer-fighting characteristics which makes it more popular in health food world.
- Brussels are prescribed as medicine to improve digestive health of an individual. The sulforaphane found in Brussels spouts also protects our stomach lining by obstructing the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can lead to gastric cancer.
These sprouts are not locally available in Asian market but are very cheaply available in European countries. They include them in various preparations. Many of them avoid this nutritious food because of it odor, smell and taste. Half cooked Brussels sprouts tastes best.
So what you think about health benefits of Brussels Sprouts? Do you have in your meals in a day or a week or once in a month? Do let us know about your experience and taste you get?
RD Neha Kava
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