Health Benefits of Brussel Sprouts (C’mon Keep an Open Mind)
Mmmmmm – brussel sprouts…
There’s a sentence that I never would have imagined saying when I was younger.
Nowadays though – I really do love them.
Once I gave them a fair shot anyway.
But for a while, perhaps like many of you, all I had to do was hear the word ‘sprouts’ and I would immediately associate it with diet, restriction and my disdain toward most vegetables.
It didn’t matter what kind of sprout it was nor whether or not the cool kids ate them.
I would not eat them on a train. I would not eat them in a tree.
I wouldn’t stand for them in a car…I was like “just let me be!”
And NEVER did I think that I would not only learn to love brussel sprouts, but become capable of actually craving them!
But I’ve completely changed my tune on this one.
And part of the reason for this is because I’m aware of the health benefits they have to offer.
So I kept an open mind, allowed myself to try them out in spite of the fact that my prior conditioning against them prevented me from doing so…and now I’m going to share with you why you may just want to give them a try.
The Health Benefits of Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts have some pretty impressive health benefits…
The most common ones are:
- essential vitamins and minerals
- anti-inflammatory support
- digestive benefits
We’ll go over these one by one.
Essential Vitamins and Nutrients
Brussel sprouts contains vitamins A, C, K, B1,2,3,5 and 6, in addition to iron, manganese, calcium, phosporous, potassium, folate, copper and zinc – just to name a few.
They also happen to be very low in calories (only 56 calories per cup – cooked) and are very low in the glycemic index.
This makes this a nutrient dense food – and if you can allow yourself to keep an open mind to trying them enough times, and prepared in enough ways until you find a way to like them – you’ll get to experience the benefits of eating for health – which is ideal for permanent weight management.
There are many things that contribute to inflammation – including lack of sleep, toxins in the food, air and water, stress, medications and so on.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that many of us live our lives in a chronic state of stress – between rushing around to take care of our normal day to day needs, in addition to our mental and emotional states of imbalance which happen in response to being in a state of survival most of the time.
So knowing this, it’s important to consume foods that help combat this condition.
Our bodies are filled with energy – and stress of any kind…especially if unexpressed and unacknowledged…allows this energy to become toxic…and will stay put in our systems and wreak havoc on our health.
So in combination with a good dose of expanding our level of human consciousness, complementing this practice with a ‘diet’ that includes helping to eliminate ANY form of toxicity will serve you well.
Brussle sprouts are not only easy to digest because they are a clean and living food item – but they’re also high in fiber…which helps bind to toxins in an effort to push them right on out of our body.
Only a half a cup of brussel sprouts contains two grams of fiber…and if you consider that this is a pretty small serving size, you’ll see that it doesn’t take much to increase your consumption of this high quality nutrient.
Many of us, thanks to the level of toxins present in the body – and especially in the colon – could use a little help in cleaning out our guts…to put it mildly. Brussel sprouts can help us to do this – but again…only if we’re willing to eat them.
So this leads to some suggestions…
How to Learn to Like Brussel Sprouts
There’s no question that brussel sprouts can have a rather strong flavor – and ‘aroma’, especially when overcooked, so steaming them, or lightly boiling them to the point where they are still vibrant in color with a nice, rich texture are ideal.
As far as flavor, this is where we can have some fun.
I personally love steamed, or lightly grilled brussel sprouts with a touch of lemon, pepper and garlic.
I’ve also had them prepared with a smidgen of salt or butter as well and while I know that butter isn’t exactly considered a health food…if using a small amount of it is what will enable you to eat them vs. not eating them at all, then I say go with the path of least resistance and use an organic butter.
Once you get used to the flavor of brussel sprouts in general, then you may decide to try some different methods of preparing them.
It’s really be about keeping an open mind and lining up with the desire for overall good health.
So what’s your favorite way of preparing brussel sprouts? Share your ideas with us in the comments section.