Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

No one knows the origin of Brussels sprouts, though it's logical to assume they originated in Belgium. Like nearly all vegetables, Brussels sprouts are naturally low in fat and calories.

But unlike most vegetables, Brussels sprouts are rather high in protein, accounting for more than a quarter of their calories. Although the protein is incomplete -- it doesn't provide the full spectrum of essential amino acids -- it can be made complete with whole grains. This means you can skip a higher-calorie source of protein, like high-fat meat, and occasionally rely on a meal of Brussels sprouts and grains.

Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin A, folacin, potassium, calcium. They have 3-5 grams of fiber per cup, and at 25 calories per 1/2 cup cooked, they give us a reason to eat them more often. Brussels sprouts are one of those foods that will fill you up, without filling you out.

Health Benefits of
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are very high in fiber, and they belong to the disease-fighting cabbage family. Indeed, they look like miniature cabbages. Like broccoli and cabbage -- fellow cruciferous vegetables -- Brussels sprouts may protect against cancer
with their indole, a phytochemical.

Brussels sprouts are also particularly rich in vitamin C
, another anti-cancer agent. Whether you choose them for their healthiness or because you love Brussels sprouts, one thing is certain: You will be getting a good-for-the-body food that is high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Brussels Sprouts, Fresh, Cooked
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Calories 30
Fat
<1 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
Cholesterol
0 mg
Carbohydrate
7 g
Protein
2 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sodium
17 mg
Vitamin A
604 IU
Vitamin C
48 mg
Folic Acid
47 mcg
Iron
1 mg
Potassium
247 mg
Carotenoids
1,369 micrograms

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