Dieting to shed a few pounds or simply to improve your heart health can be a challenge.
And if you don’t get the balance right, you can easily find yourself fantasizing night and day about all those high fructose corn syrupy snacks you know will destroy all your efforts and willpower. Then there’s your health…
Reducing calorie intake is unfortunately often achieved by cutting back on essential fats and other nutrients that keep skin and cell tissue healthy. This is why dieters often look haggard and develop dull skin and brittle nails.
If you’re looking to trim off some excess weight and glow with health, brussels sprouts is your secret weapon.
Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of fibre, which will fill you up for a few hours.
Big Portions & Small Calories
Brussels sprouts are nutrient-dense but extremely low in calorie.
One cup (155g) of steamed brussels sprouts provides only 65 calories – so you can really load up on them and feel full.
Avoid the grouchy mood that often accompanies dieting.
Brussels sprouts are a great source of thiamine, which the body needs for proper nerve function. A deficiency in thiamine can cause fatigue, depression, and constipation.
Get Your Vitamins
When you restrict your diet, you risk compromising your intake of vital nutrients.
Folic acid deficiency is the most common vitamin deficiency in the world.
Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of folic acid (100g or 2 oz will provide 25% of your daily requirement), which is crucial in healthy cell division.
Dieting can sometimes weaken the immune system.
Brussels sprouts support a stronger immune system by helping to stabilize the DNA within white blood cells. They are also rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. Bacteria and viruses cannot reproduce in an environment rich in vitamin C, which is why it’s a great booster for your immune system.
Brussels sprouts are very rich in sulforanphane which Tom Monte, author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, explains is a major and important trigger for the body’s detoxifying functions as well as for promoting cancer-preventing enzymes.
Vitamin C is also very important for healthy skin.
It is primarily responsible for the body’s production of collagen – nature’s natural skin plumper.
One cup of brussels sprouts will provide you with over 100% of your daily requirement to keep your gums healthy and your skin glowing! Enjoy it raw or lightly steamed. Brussels sprouts also make a beautiful salad with garlic, arugula, and avocado.