FOOD TALK: BRUSSELS SPROUTS
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.