They’re a staple at the Holiday dinner table and you either love them or leave them. I have always LOVED them. I would even offer to clear the table after dinner so I could munch on them as I was helping. I see now that I was on to something, and they’re not just for the Holidays!
Brussels sprouts are part of a group of foods called cruciferous vegetables, from the brassica family. Also included in this group are arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale (one of my favourites), radishes, and turnips. They are rich in nutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), vitamins C, E, and K, folate and minerals. They are also high in fiber.
Of particular interest, they contain a group of chemicals, known for their cancer fighting compounds, called glucosinolates. Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, two types of glucosinolates, are most commonly studied for their anticancer effects. They may help:
With all these cancer-fighting properties, why wouldn’t you include them in your daily healthy eating regime. And while you’re giving your body a fighting chance against cancer, you’re boosting your immune system, cleansing and detoxing, and getting a much-needed dose of vitamins and minerals.
In good health,
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