All about Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts not only taste yummy but they also have a boast of many many nutrients that have been linked to several healthy benefits.

Nutrients

  • Low in calorie, approx 28 calories, 11g of carbs and 4g of protein.
  • Good source of plant protein
  • High in Fiber – 1/2 a cup contains 2 grams of fiber; Which will keep you fuller longer.
  • High in Vitamins and Minerals such as vitamin A, potassium and calcium.
  • Rich in Vitamin K
  • High in Vitamin C
  • ALA Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Full of Antioxidants that help lower inflammation, iron absorption, tissue repair and immune function. Studies have shown that the high levels of antioxidants in Brussels Sprouts could help protect against:
    • Certain types of cancer
    • Boost detoxification enzymes
    • Can neutralize radicals.
    • Increase bone strength along with helping to protect against osteoporosis.
    • Studies have shown that the fiber and antioxidants in Brussels Sprouts may help to keep blood sugar levels stable which in turn decreases the risk of diabetes.

Too much, is too much

If you eat too much Brussels Sprouts the high levels of Vitamin K can interfere with some blood thinners. Therefore, anyone who takes anti-coagulants should monitor their consumption.

MOst Hated

Did you know that Brussels Sprouts are still the most hated vegetable in the US. Even though its growing in popularity studies have show that people still pick this amazingly yummy vegetable as their least favorite. It’s definitely not in our eyes.

Brussels Sprouts Seasonality

Brussels sprouts are typically grown in California from June-December however, they are generally considered a cool weather crop, popping up in farmers markets in the fall. They can withstand a bit of frost but will yellow and open in warm temperatures.

Cooking

Brussels Sprouts are delicious in a variety of ways from raw in salads, to a quick saute as a side to roasted in the oven which is our favorite.

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