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SHABBAT VEGGIE FACT: It’s that time again…

SHABBAT VEGGIE FACT: It’s that time again for the glorious Shabbat and we are celebrating, wait for it, that beautiful Brussel Sprout known as Brassica. They grow awesomely weird! Cruciferous varieties in this family including mustard and horseradish. Brussels Sprouts grow in a way that they resemble the structure of a head of cabbage and the sprouts that grow are produced in the leaf axils, starting at the base of the stem and working upward.

Brussel sprouts are small, leafy green buds resembling like miniature cabbages in appearance. They are exceptionally rich sources of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In fact, a renewed interest among the scientific community is emerging about health benefits of brussels-sprouts have to offer.

Brussel sprouts are one of the low-glycemic nutritious vegetables that should be considered in weight reduction programs. 100 grams of brussel sprouts provide just 45 calories, nonetheless, they contain 3.38 g of protein, 3.80 g of dietary fiber (10% of RDA) and zero cholesterol.

In fact, brussels sprouts are a storehouse of several flavonoid anti-oxidants such as thiocyanates, indoles, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. Together, these phytochemicals offer protection from prostate, colon, and endometrial cancers.

Brussel sprouts are an excellent sources of vitamin C; 100 g sprouts provide about 85 mg or 142% of RDA. Together with other antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A and E, it helps protect the human body by trapping harmful free radicals.

Brussels sprouts are incredibly nutritious vegetables that offers protection from vitamin-A deficiency, bone loss, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers. Set that Shabbat table and celebrate the King and enjoy His super food, the Brussel Sprout! Shabbat Shalom!


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