Five Reasons Brussels Sprouts are the New Super food
Brussels sprouts get a bad rap for their slightly bitter taste. But this cruciferous little vegetable is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other elements that make it a health and weight loss superfood. Plus, there are many tasty ways to prepare them. Here are five top reasons to cook up a Brussels sprout recipe for dinner tonight:
- Weight loss: The densely-packed leaves of Brussels sprouts pack upward of five grams of fiber per cup - more than 15 percent of the US recommended daily allowance, which means it doesn't take much to fill you up. Yet, they have just 25 calories per half-cup cooked.
- Cancer prevention: PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's online research database, features nearly 100 studies centered on Brussels sprouts and more than half of them focus on the cruciferous vegetable's health benefits in relation to cancer. Brussels sprouts are full of glucosinolates, chemical compounds that break down into known cancer-fighting compounds that your body uses to protect your cells and DNA and to deactivate carcinogens.
- An immune system boost: Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and folate - all known contributors to a healthy immune system that help your body fight off viruses, including the common cold, and infections.
- Lower cholesterol levels:When steamed, Brussels sprouts' high fiber content helps to lower cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. The more fiber, the more fat burned and the more cholesterol eliminated from your body.
- Younger looking skin: Brussels sprouts are high in free radical-fighting antioxidants, which help to reduce wrinkles and environmental damage to your skin. A serving provides more than half the US RDA of Vitamin C, which plays a key role in your body's production of collagen, which keeps your skin plump, firm and elastic. Meanwhile, vitamin A fights off sun damage and manganese reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Start tonight by serving delicious oven-roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon for dinner. You'll find this and lots of other delicious and healthy recipes on the Metabolic Research Center website. And if you need a little extra guidance in your weight loss efforts, schedule a consultation at your nearest MRC location by calling 800-501-8090 today.
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