The Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
Each month, we try to talk about at least one vegetable or fruit to encourage you to discover some delicious produce that’s available (and even grown!) in our state. Not only that, but we look at ones that are tasty and healthy too. In this post, we discuss the potential health benefits of Brussels sprouts and share some ideas on how you can include them in your diet today.
But before we do, let’s do some fact-checking:
- They really are named after Brussels, the capital of Belgium, where they were a popular 13th-century crop. However, it’s not confirmed where they originated – forerunners to modern Brussels sprouts were probably cultivated in Ancient Rome.
- They look like mini cabbages because they’re members of the same cruciferous vegetable family.
- Look for bright green heads that are firm and heavy for their size. The leaves should be tightly packed. Avoid Brussels sprouts with yellowing leaves, a sign of age, or black spots, which could indicate fungus.
- Sprouts contain high levels of vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fibre, and can help protect against colon and stomach cancer.
- They contain zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that’s considered important to eye health.
- Just a half-cup (78 grams) of cooked Brussels sprouts contains 2 grams of fibre, fulfilling up to 8% of your daily fibre needs. Studies show that dietary fibre can relieve constipation by increasing stool frequency and softening stool consistency to ease the passage. Fibre also promotes digestive health by helping feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Increased fibre intake has been associated with other health benefits too, such as a reduced risk of heart disease and improved blood sugar control.
- Brussels sprouts are high in Vitamin K, a nutrient important for blood clotting and bone metabolism.
- Brussels sprouts are a good source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation, insulin resistance, cognitive decline and blood triglycerides.
- Ever tried Brussels sprouts in a coleslaw? See Foodnetwork for a great recipe.
- Does Garlic & Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts sound yummy? Yes, you can eat it and still reap the health benefits. Go for it!
- Try them with a touch of sweetness, check out: Brussels sprouts with brown sugar and walnuts.
- Hard tempting the kids with this veggie? Chances are they haven’t tried them these ways. See the link for inspiration.
- Brussels sprouts can also be added to pasta, frittatas or stir-fried dishes for a flavorful and nutritious addition.
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