FOOD TALK: BRUS­SELS SPROUTS

Friday - - HEALTH NEWS -

If you are look­ing for a su­per­food to help you lose some weight, Brus­sels sprouts are a per­fect choice. They also pack a host of other health ben­e­fits for you. Pranita Anand Ga­vankar, clin­i­cal di­eti­tian, Saudi Ger­man Hos­pi­tal, Dubai points out that be­sides be­ing low in calo­ries, Brus­sels sprouts are a great source of pro­tein, iron and potas­sium and helps to boost over­all health.

‘They con­tain kaempferol, an an­tiox­i­dant that re­duces the can­cer growth de­creases in­flam­ma­tion and pro­motes a healthy heart. It’s high in fi­bre to sup­port di­ges­tive health, di­a­betes and pre­vents con­sti­pa­tion. Also, rich in Vi­ta­min K - an im­por­tant nu­tri­ent for blood clot­ting and bone me­tab­o­lism but not ideal for peo­ple who are on blood clot­ting med­i­ca­tion.’ She adds that Al­pha Li­nolenic Acid – a type of omega 3 fatty acid present in it – can re­duce in­flam­ma­tion, in­sulin re­sis­tance, cog­ni­tive de­cline and lipids es­pe­cially triglyc­erides. Con­sum­ing Brus­sels sprouts also helps in main­tain­ing nerve func­tion and mus­cle con­trac­tion, im­mune health, re­duc­ing the risk of di­ges­tive disor­ders, less­en­ing nor­mal age-in­duced mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, she says.

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