While they may not have been your favorite as a child – especially if cooked to a mushy consistency – Brussels sprouts are worth another try. A natural source of dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene and several key antioxidants, Brussels sprouts:
- Support optimal functioning of the heart and immune system
- Reduce the risk of colon cancer and other cancers
- Promote healthy elimination
- Protect against birth defects
For the best taste (and most nutritional value) eat Brussels sprouts that are as fresh as possible. A simple preparation that can minimize the mush: slice them in half, brush or toss with some extra virgin olive oil and roast at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes, until just browned. Shake the pan once or twice during cooking for even browning.
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