Brussels Sprouts: Christmas friend or foe?

29/11/2018
Brussels Sprouts: Christmas friend or foe?

Some people love them, others hate them, but these Christmas staples are packed full of nutrients and have several health benefits associated with them, firstly their impressive antioxidant content stands out. Antioxidants are compounds that reduce oxidative stress in your cells and help lower your risk of chronic disease.

One study found that when participants who ate around 300 grams of Brussels sprouts daily, reduced damage to their cells from oxidative stress by 28%.

They are also very high in fibre, eating just a 78 grams portion of cooked Brussels sprouts would fulfil up to 8% of your daily fibre intake needs.

For such a small vegetable they are also extremely nutritionally dense, as they contain high levels of minerals and vitamins, particularly Vitamin K which plays a role in bone growth and vitamin C which is vital for the growth and repair of tissues in the body.

In addition to their impressive nutrient profile and health benefits, Brussels sprouts may also help regulate blood sugar levels. Multiple studies have linked an increased intake of the vegetables to a decreased risk of diabetes, This is likely because of the high levels of fibre found in certain vegetable, of which Brussel sprouts have an extremely high fibre content.

Finally, for people who don’t eat fish or seafood eating enough Omega-3 fatty acids can be very challenging. Brussels sprouts are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, with 135 mg of ALA in each  78-gram portion of cooked Brussels sprouts.