Brussel Sprouts. Some people hear that word and cringe. Others love Brussel Sprouts. Did you know that the reason you may not like Brussel Sprouts is because of a gene called TAS2R38. It creates a special chemical called PTC that makes foods taste bitter and it is found within Brussel Sprouts and other cabbages. Another likely deterrent of not liking Brussel Sprouts could be the sulfur like smell that is produced when they are over cooked. Even though you may not like the taste of Brussel Sprouts, they contain many great health benefits.
For example, they contain lots of fiber. Just one cup of cooked Brussel Sprouts contains 4 grams of fiber. They also contain 4 grams of protein and only 56 calories per cup. Brussel Sprouts are also a good source of Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin C, A, and K.
Besides the great health benefits that Brussel Sprouts have, they also have some pretty cool aspects, such as, not having to be ripe before being able to eat.
When purchasing Brussel Sprouts at the store you want to make sure that they are hard to the touch. Also, they are sold year round, however, their peak season is between September and February.
To cook these vegetables you can boil, steam, microwave with some water, stir-fry, and even bake them. Just be sure to throw them out if the stems turn brown, or the Brussel sprouts start to get slimy or smell.
Easy way to eat Brussel Sprouts:
Boil First, Saute with Earth Balance and a little sea salt!
These homegrown Brussel Sprouts may have taken a long time to grow, but only a few minutes to cook and eat. They were delicious and reminded me of little pieces of popcorn!
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