Compared with a lot of our other veggies, Brussels sprouts are still babies.
That’s part of the reason why they’re changing so rapidly. Until the 1960s, almost every variety of Brussels sprout was bitter. There was a good reason that Brussels sprouts got a bad rap. Today’s Brussels sprout isn’t the same at all. In fact, some varieties are downright sweet.
So if you grew up hating Brussels sprouts, you might want to give them another shot. Not just because they taste better now. But also because Brussels sprouts are one of the healthiest foods in the universe.
The amazing Brussels sprout
100 grams of Brussels sprouts (6 to 10 sprouts, depending on their size) - the serving size I’ll use throughout this article - contain about 85 mg of vitamin C. That’s 142% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA), and approaching twice as much vitamin C as you’ll find in an orange.
Vitamin C, as you know, is a phenomenal benefit to your health. It does everything from improving your immune system, to slowing the aging of your skin, to reducing your risk of stroke. But vitamin C is just one of the nutrients Brussels sprouts can deliver in spades.
Brussels sprouts also give you 25% of your RDA of vitamin A (bone growth and health, vision, cell growth), good doses of minerals like iron (17.5%) and manganese (15%), and 147% of your RDA of vitamin K (heart health, bone health, and cancer-fighting properties).
Your secret weapon in the fight against cancer
These are just the highlights.
So, as you plan meals, side-dishes and such, remember the lowly Brussels sprout. If you’ve been avoiding them for years, you may be pleasantly surprised how good they taste now. Steam them to avoid losing any nutrients - although, even roasted, sautéed or fried, they’ll probably be the healthiest thing on our plate.
As a potent delivery system to promote heart health, fight cancer, and give your immune system a boost, it’s hard to find anything that matches up against the mighty Brussels sprout!