Have you heard the latest news about cruciferous veggies?
Have you ever heard about a group of “miraculous” vegetables called cruciferous? Of course you have! Only that you recognize them by their common names like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, arugula, watercress, kale, among others. They are considered “super foods” because they offer a great deal of healthy properties that help improve your health and vitality. Also, they are very delicious!
Their funny name comes from the shape of their flowers that have four equal-sized petals in the shape of a cross. What you might not know is that cruciferous veggies are powerful vegetables to fight cancer and the aging process. They are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates so, their Glycemic Index is low. Making them wonderful foods for diabetics. Compared to any other group of foods, the cruciferous family has the widest spectrum of beneficial effects for multiple body systems.
In addition to the common nutrients found in most vegetables such as vitamin (C, E, K, folate, and beta-carotene), minerals (iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, and manganese), proteins, low-digesting carbohydrates, the cruciferous veggies contain powerful antioxidants called phytonutrients, including several carotenoids and flavonoids that protect you against the so-called free-radicals.
There is even more! Cruciferous vegetables are unique for their huge content of substances known as glucosinolates that can be pictured as the “envy” of all other vegetables. Numerous studies indicated that these glucosinolates compounds and their derivatives might help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and gastrointestinal disturbances.
Up to now, hundreds of glucosinolates have been examined for their potential health benefits and their antitumor promising effects.
The combined properties offered by cruciferous veggies are that they are very low in calories, rich in many essential nutrients, and high in bioactive compounds. These plants have the capacity to provide an outstanding support to the overall body systems. There is no doubt that they are the number one vegetables in the veggie kingdom.
Again, the cruciferous’ content of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and their detoxifying properties are the most convincing argument to recommend their daily consumption either raw or slightly cooked (steamed, sautéed, or microwaved) to prevent nutrient losses.
The fight against cancer and other chronic diseases is a tough one. We have to be conscious on the importance of having healthy dietary habits, in order for that we must get familiar with the beneficial properties of vegetables such as the cruciferous. In future articles, DiabeTV will explain the attributes of some specific cruciferous: their secrets, benefits, and how to cook them. Stay tune!
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