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Cruciferous Vegetables

broccoli-brussels-sprouts-38086613You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating – it’s important to eat as many different vegetables as you can to ensure you’re getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

But today we’re going to focus on one group of vegetables known as cruciferous vegetables. Yes, it’s a mouthful, but a worthwhile one! Some examples of cruciferous vegetables are Brussell Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower, etc.

Let’s take a look at why cruciferous vegetables are so healthy.

“According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, cruciferous vegetables have anti-cancer properties. These white, dark green and red vegetables supply your body with essential antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, protect you against heart disease, increase your immune system.”(1)

Also, they are thought to

  1. Reduce chronic inflammation in your body which is thought to be a promoter of many chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  2. They contain a lot of fiber which is important for keeping regular bowel movements.
  3. They’re a good source of Vitamin A which is important for having healthy skin, and good vision.
  4. They contain a lot of Vitamin C which helps tissues repair and grow.
  5. They, also, help your body detoxify due to the phytonutrients they contain.

So as you can see it would be a good idea to increase your intake of cruciferous veggies.

Personally, Cauliflower is my favorite cruciferous vegetable with Broccoli a close second.

I like them steamed as well as sautéed.

If steaming I’ll usually just add some Himalayan Pink Salt, Organic(Salt-Free) Seasoning, Cayenne Pepper, and Turmeric on top or put some nutrtional yeast on top to give it a cheesy flavor.

However, a note of caution – I don’t like to eat cruciferous vegetables raw as they tend to upset my stomach but experiment and see what works for you.

Bottom line – Try to fit them into your diet, and experiment with how you prepare these powerhouse vegetables.

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  1. “10 Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables (Video).” N.p., 19 Nov. 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2015.

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