When I was a kid, we called Brussels sprouts “cabbage heads.” I did not much care for cabbage heads, aka Brussels sprouts for much of my younger days, but by my teens they were one of my favorite kinds of vegetables to find at the dinner table. If you slow cook them by adding about a stick of butter through the process, you will find that you can enjoy Brussels sprouts as well. Of course, adding a stick of butter takes away much of the nutritional value, but that’s just one methodology. Look for recipes elsewhere and you can avoid the dietary conundrum of eating low-calorie sprouts drowning in high-calorie butter.
Brussels sprouts are one of the richest sources of vitamin C around and make an exceptionally nutritious and delicious addition to your diet if you are not a big fan of citrus. One half cup of Brussels sprouts contains about 80% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. The benefits of vitamin C are many, which makes Brussels sprouts an especially good choice for you dinner table. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that serves to fend off free radicals that want to introduce cancerous cells to your body. Vitamin C does not just help fight cancer, but another of the biggest killers in the health world. Piling on the Brussels sprouts provides you with enough vitamin C to potentially lead you through the rest of your life without experiencing cardiovascular disease.
As is the case with most of the vegetables that used to be lumped into a broad category known as “roughage,” Brussels sprouts has nutritional value for those experiencing problems with their internal plumbing. That very same half cup of Brussels sprouts that provides you with 80% of your daily allowance of vitamin C also provides nearly 10% of the recommended daily dose of fiber. When you ensure that you get enough dietary fiber, you increase your body’s ability to lower cholesterol, control diabetes and keep your bathroom trips regular and quick.
You don’t really hear a whole lot about vitamin K. It is not one of the stars of the vitamin world like C and D nor does it belong to that expansive and helpful group of B vitamins. When you eat half a cup of Brussels sprouts, you don’t get a whole lot of vitamin K, but what you do get is in excess of 100% of your daily recommended allowance. What is the value of vitamin K? Vitamin K helps in the process of blood clotting, thus keeping your wounds from pouring forth far more blood than is healthy. You can also ensure that your bones remain as healthy as possible by consuming the copious percentage of vitamin K found in Brussels sprouts.