Brussels sprouts: love ‘em or hate ‘em?


Christmas is the time of year when the humble Brussels sprout makes its way onto our plates. Loved by some, hated by others, if you consider how this mini ‘concentrated cabbage’ is one of the healthiest vegetables we can eat even the most sceptical might be persuaded to give them another try.

Amongst the many benefits they offer, these little cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and cabbage also fall into this group) contain alpha-lipoic, which has shown to lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity; they even help promote healthy skin and hair.

Being high in fibre, this makes them a great choice for digestive system support and a top vegetable to include in a weight management program. A good source of vitamins A, C and K, they also contain folate, potassium, manganese and vitamin B-6, while the glucosinolates can help in the prevention of unwanted inflammation in the body and aid in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Eat Brussels sprouts to help save the planet?

It might sound ridiculous, but these little vegetables might even have a role to play in protecting the planet, as they are an efficient vegetable protein provider. This makes them a great substitute for red meat at least one-day week, while having them on the side of the plate at other times may also provide additional health benefits. This is because Brussels sprouts offer a unique composition of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer by promoting the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body, so a great way for regular red meat-eaters to perhaps off-set some longer-term risks.

So many ways to enjoy them

I’ve often wondered if people fall out of love with Brussels sprouts because of experiences of over-cooked cabbagy smells coming from the kitchen. However, it doesn’t need to be this way, as they are such versatile little vegetables – roasted, sauteed, fried, shaved, they can be a great addition to so many meals. So if you are not a Brussels sprout fan, be a little adventurous this festive season – sprout some courage and give Brussels sprouts another try!


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Iris is the founder of No Targets Just Routine. She has researched food since 2009 and believes “Happiness is real food shared with loved ones.”

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