Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
By Ashley Lane
Anti-Carcinogenic Properties: There are more glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts than you can find in broccoli, kale, cauliflower or cabbage. This unique combination of glucosinolates has been shown to decrease your likelihood of suffering from cancer significantly. Particularly cancers of the bladder, colon, breast, lung, ovaries and prostate.
Regulate Inflammation: There is a good amount of Vitamin K in Brussels sprouts that your body needs to regulate chronic inflammation. Also, some of the glucosinolates can be altered into an anti-inflammatory compound. Lastly, it takes less than two servings of Brussels sprouts to provide you with over a third of your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
Cardiovascular Health: The anti-inflammatory characteristics of Brussels sprouts can also help to reduce the risk of several cardiovascular problems. Consistently eating Brussels sprouts will lower your likelihood of having a heart attach, suffering from hardened arteries and developing heart disease.
Digestive Health: Brussels sprouts are an exceptional source of fiber. Having a diet rich in fiber will help stop constipation from occurring and help your bowels stay regular.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt and serve immediately.
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