Brussel Sprouts

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Brussel sprouts are a low calorie member of the Brassicaceae vegetable family that is very closely related to kale, cauliflower and mustard greens. Brussel sprouts look sort of like miniature cabbages and are sliced, cleaned and cooked in various ways to make a nutritious side item or even a main course.

The cruciferous vegetable contributes just 28 calories from a half cup of cooked brussel sprouts while great levels of protein, fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate and manganese. All of these nutrients come in a low carbohydrate package that also contains small amounts of Vitamin B6, In addition to the nutrients above, Brussels sprouts contain small amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, iron, thiamine, magnesium and phosphorus.

You can’t always eat too much of good things, even brussel sprouts. The vegetable is so high in Vitamin K that is is recommended to not eat too much brussel sprouts if you are on anti-blood clotting medications. Also, if you are sensitive to “too much fiber,” don’t go crazy on the brussels.

 

 


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