People are unaware about the exact origin of this vegetable, though it’s logical to assume that it originated in Belgium. As part of the cruciferous vegetable family, brussels sprouts share a close relation to broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. Though for some reason this superfood hasn’t been able to get the attention it deserves from health food enthusiasts, but if you see the nutrition they behold you will be surely amazed:-
1. It has more vitamin-C than oranges.
2. It is loaded with vitamin A, folacin, potassium and calcium.
3. It has almost twice vitamin K that is found in a red cabbage.
4. It contains 3-5 grams of fiber per cup.
5. It has more glucosinolates than any other common crucifer.
6. It is extremely rich in protein.
Weight Loss Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
The benefits of Brussels Sprouts are not only limited to their nutritional richness, but they expand further to weight loss as well. Brussels sprouts are very low in calories (1 oz of cooked and drained Brussels sprouts weigh in at about 10 calories), and they contain only trace amounts of fat. Furthermore, the large amounts of vitamin C that are found in this vegetable play an important role in improving the body’s ability to burn fat. A study conducted by a team of scientists from Arizona State University reported that the study participants who had low blood concentrations of vitamin C burned 25% less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who showed adequate blood levels of vitamin C.
Further, this vegetable has also shown up on on HealWithFood.org’s list of the best food remedies for cellulite. They contain a natural compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is a pre-cursor to diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM helps certain liver enzymes to block the production of 16-OH estrogens, harmful substances that can cause cellulite by breaking down collagen which is supposed to keep your skin strong. The high content of vitamin C, acts as real anti-cellulite nutrient, which fights those unsightly bumps and lumps by promoting collagen synthesis and by scavenging free radicals.
Use as Part of a Healthy Diet
You can simply consume this wonder vegetable by – try roasting them, lightly coated in olive oil, or saute them in a mixture of no-sodium broth and minced garlic. Add flavor to your sprouts by using fresh herbs, such as rosemary or basil. Further, you can also have them raw by adding the to your favorite salads. You can also steam them and top up with some dressing for a variation in taste.
It is true that brussels sprouts have not been able to gain the attention they deserve but now it is time to give this tiny vegetable more of a chance because they really are among the healthiest vegetables and foods on the planet.
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