Now is the season for the fabulousness of Brussels Sprouts. I love seeing the huge stalks of tiny cabbage looking yumminess in the grocery story. Brussels sprouts are part of the crucifers family including radishes, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. They are a cool weather crop with a nutty, earthy taste and the appearance of miniature cabbage heads. Brussels sprouts with their amazing health benefits can be roasted, steamed or shredded and eaten raw.
Brussels sprouts are a low calorie (only 43 calories per 3 oz serving) vitamin K delivery system. They give 195% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is important because it helps to facilitate blood clotting, helping to heal bruises and cuts faster. Vitamin K also helps transport calcium throughout the body, an important necessity for strong bones.
A 1/2-cup serving of Brussels sprouts contains about 50 percent of the vitamin C a man needs each day and about 65 percent of what woman needs on a daily basis. Vitamin C is important for immune health and the health of your teeth, hair and gums and it helps fight free radical damage.
Munching on Brussels sprouts also offers a boost of fiber to help keep your digestive system humming.
Brussels sprouts is loaded with phyto nutrients called organosulfur compounds, which have antioxidant properties. These health boosting substances help protect your body from oxidative stress, a type of damage that can negatively impact your DNA.
Given all these amazing benefits, be sure to add these tiny bundles of health to your next meal.
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