Brussels Sprouts for a Bite-Sized Boost
These tiny baby cabbages are really much more of a British vegetable than a Belgian one in spite of being named Brussels sprouts in honor of Brussels, the capital of Belgium - the country in Europe where they originated. They are the stalwart of the turkey “and all the trimmings” dinner that the British inhabitants enjoy at Christmas.
Try and learn to like and enjoy Brussels sprouts as often as you can.
- They lower cholesterol
- Brussels sprouts are a great source of fiber and potassium
- They prevent constipation (which can be the main cause of hemorrhoids and/or anal fissures)
- In the same way as all green leafy vegetables, they promote healthy bones
- They are high in that all important but often forgotten vitamin K
- Brussels sprouts are chock full of antioxidants
- They are another in the series of cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetables - others are cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage
- They help reverse blood vessel damage
if you don't find the taste of Brussels sprouts appealing or have never cooked or eaten them before, here are two great sites for recipes and how to make them into an appetizing delicacy. These should encourage you to start including these miniature cabbages in your diet whenever you can.
Brussels sprouts, raw. (2019).
https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/342600/nutrients. (Accessed, 2 August 2021).
Brussels sprouts, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt. (2019).
https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169971/nutrients. (Accessed, 2 August 2021).
Cormick, G., & Belizan., J. M. (2019). Calcium intake and health.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6683260/. (Accessed, 2 August 2021).