You may remember Brussels sprouts as those small, round vegetables that ended up on your plate as a child. Like most children, you probably didn’t want to eat them or cringed at the way they smelled while cooking. Despite these little drawbacks, however, they were put on your plate for good reason: they’re actually one of the world’s healthiest foods, making them a diet necessity.
Those little veggies that look like mini-cabbages are packed with vitamins and minerals that can do wonders for your body and your immune system. Not only are they highly nutritious, they’re also extremely versatile and can be prepared in a number of different ways (see my recent post, “Low Carb Vegetarian Brussels Sprouts Recipe Roundup” for ideas). This means you have a variety of options for how to add them to your diet, so you won’t ever get bored with these perfectly crafted vegetables made by nature with the utmost care.
What Are Brussels Sprouts?
Brussels sprouts don’t just look like mini-cabbages; they’re actually members of the Gemmifera group of cabbages. These cabbages are grown for their edible buds and may have gotten their name from Brussels, Belgium, where they are believed to have originated and are highly popular. Ancestors of the modern Brussels sprout were most likely cultivated in ancient Rome, but the sprouts we know and love today were likely grown as early as the 13th century in Belgium. A small, leafy vegetable, Brussels sprouts are packed with protein, vitamins, fiber and many more nutrients.
A staple of Belgium for many years, Brussels sprouts have found popularity due to their high nutritional value and versatility in the kitchen.
Nutritional Value And Health Benefits
No matter how they come, Brussels sprouts can offer you an excellent source of nutrients. Packed with good things from the earth and nature, these vegetables are perfectly crafted to maintain health and wellness. When raw, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and K and contain good amounts of B vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acids, and other essential minerals.
They are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber and contain absolutely no cholesterol.
Like cabbages, they may cause an overactive bowel if eaten too much, so it is important to eat them in moderation. More than making you extra-regular, they can also cause gas and bloating if eaten too much.
Brussels sprouts are also a great source of vitamin A, which is an antioxidant required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin, and promoting optimal eye health. Foods rich with vitamin A have been known to offer protection against some cancers such as oral cavity and lung cancer. The extent of cancer-protection in Brussels sprouts is still being researched, but promising findings hint that this veggie may help fight cancer-causing agents and cleanses the body of many toxins.
Brussels sprouts are one of the leading vegetable sources of vitamin K, which is best for bone health and preventing diseases and disorders of the bones, such as osteoporosis.
In addition to these nutrients, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of the following minerals: copper, iron, manganese, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Unlike some grains and other plant-based foods, Brussels sprouts are not necessarily used for specific problems. This is because they are so rich in vitamin and minerals—they are simply a highly nutritious addition to any diet.
Brussels sprouts provide the body with the support it needs to build strong bones, remove toxins and cancer-causing radicals and agents, regulate metabolism, promote strong muscles, oxygenate the blood, and much more. This superfood is a do-it-all veggie that promotes optimal health and wellbeing.
How They’re Prepared
Adding Brussels sprouts to your diet is incredibly easy because they can be prepared so many different ways. Oven roasted Brussels sprouts, stir-fried, baked, shredded sprouts, Parmesan sprouts, breaded, and raw sprouts are just a few ways to prepare these veggies.
They can also be added to soups, salads, casseroles, pasta dishes, vegetable loafs, and used as garnish around poultry and fish. There’s truly no right or wrong way to make these, so simply find a recipe that intrigues you and get cooking! Earlier this week, I posted a recipe roundup of some amazing low-carb and vegetable dishes featuring Brussels sprouts, created by a variety of chefs and cooks from around the web – check it out here!
Created By Nature, Made for You
Though Brussels sprouts may have gotten a bad reputation when you were a child, you can now look at them with new eyes. These little vegetables are a form of healthy whole food with so many benefits for your body and wellbeing. When eaten in moderation, these beauties will keep you regular, have you feeling great, and inspire you to create a healthy diet around them and their health benefits. Mom always said, eat your vegetables, and she was right!
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