You wouldn’t ordinarily think of protein, iron and potassium when you think brussels sprouts, but they are actually a great source of these three nutrients and offer an astonishingly long list of health benefits.
For the purpose of making this post simple and straight to the point I am going to go right into the good stuff and outline the most impressive health benefits I found with a top 5 list.
Top 5 Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
- Antioxidants- it was actually surprising to me the volume of studies that were published concerning Brussels sprouts and their relevance to preventing cancer. They contain compounds called glucosinolates and isothiocyanates (aka antioxidants) that are said to reduce your risk of cancer.
- Fiber- ½ cup serving of Brussels sprouts contains 2 grams of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system and helps with weight management.
- Vitamin C- immunity support and healthy skin, teeth and gums are just a few reasons to include vitamin C in your diet. A ½ cup of Brussels sprouts contains a little under 50 milligrams of vitamin C (equal to about 50% of what men need and 65% of what women need).
- Folate/folic acid- this B vitamin is usually associated with spinach, kale, chard, and any other leafy green veggies and is crucial for expectant mothers as it aids in fetal development. It also plays a role in DNA maintenance and may reduce our risk for heart disease.
- Protein- while it isn’t significant compared to meat, dairy or legumes, Brussels sprouts hold their own when compared to the protein content of other veggies. 1 cup contains 3 grams of protein, which in addition to other protein sources can help up your daily intake.
Brussels sprouts have an extensive list of nutrients that I urge you to take a look at if your interest is peaked. For now, the above list coupled with the additional nutrients I didn’t go into (vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, etc.) should begin to paint a picture of why Brussels sprouts are included in the top 20 healthiest foods list and continue to be the star on most restaurants menus or side dishes at holidays.
You can find ways to include this power food in your diet whether it be shaved raw in salads, roasted in the oven or made crispy in a skillet, either way you are absorbing at least one of the above benefits that you may be lacking in the tastiest way possible.
What food have you found that you consider to be a power food? I would love to hear about it!
Hope you’re having a happy & healthy week 🙂