Brussels sprouts are winter crops that flourish well in cool weather and light frost conditions. Sprouts are one of the most popular vegetables in the United States and Mediterranean Europe. They belong to the same family of vegetables as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale.
Health benefits of brussels sprouts
- low-glycemic, 100 g brussel sprouts provide just 45 calories, 3.38 g of protein, 3.80 g of dietary fiber .
- Storehouse of several flavonoid anti-oxidants. Together, these phytochemicals offer protection from prostate, colon, and endometrial cancers.
- Brussel sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g sprouts provide about 85 mg. Together with other antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A and E, they help protect the body by trapping harmful free radicals.
- Provide anti-oxidant and protective light-filtering functions to the eyes from UV rays. Thus, it helps prevent retinal damage, “age-related macular degeneration related macular degeneration disease” (ARMD), in the elderly.
- Good source of vitamin A, provides about 754 IU per 100g. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for acuity of vision.
- Excellent sources of vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 177 µg. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting bone formation and strengthening. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain and thereby, preventing or at least, delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Contains B-complex vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid, that are essential for several metabolic functions inside the human body.
- Rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Enjoy them this winter season while they are fresh and packed with nutrients!