Brussels sprouts: all the properties of this green vegetable!

Brussels sprouts: all the properties of this green vegetable!

Brussels sprouts are a diet food rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants. They will boost your energies and benefit your body!

Not everyone know or has ever tasted Brussels sprouts. It’s a shame, becuause they are very tasty even if you just steam them or seasoned with oil and salt. But there is more!

These little green vegetables are rich in vitamins, proteins and fibers. Moreover, they also contain mineral salts, antioxidants and folic acid. A healthy mix for our body!

Brussels sprouts: benefits and origins

This plant is very small, about 2cm wide. It is green and it usually grows in winter. They belong to the family of cabbage and they come from Belgium, in Europe. However, nowadays it is grown also in England, France and the Netherlands.

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For what concerns their beneficial properties, Brussels sprouts are in the top ten of diet food, other than being very healthy! First of all, they are rich in vitamins, such as A, C, K and the B group ones. Even though they are small, they contain a lot of nutrients: mineral salts such as phosphorus and magnesium, fibers and proteins. They are well-known for their anti-anaemic properties, because they contain a lot of iron.

Their beneficial properties act on the female hormone metabolism, but they also help focusing more. This latter characteristic is due to the fact that these vegetables contain folic acid and thiamine. Finally, Brussels sprouts are rich in antioxidants. They are considered a necessary food to prevent breast, prostate and colon cancer.

Brussels sprouts, diet and tasty recipes

Steamed or baked, these vegetables are the diet side dish par excellence. They are nice to see, thanks to their round shape, but also quite tasty. Just season them with salt and oil and they are perfect with fish or meat.

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It is possible that, while you cook them they can smell bad, but you can eliminate the problem by sprinkling lemon juice on them when ready.

Another way to hide the smell and the slightly bitter taste is to use balsamic vinegar. For a tastier recipe, stir-fry the sprouts with garlic or the seasoning you like. You can also use them for your first courses, risottos and vegetables cooked au gratin.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 06-05-2019

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