Did you know that sprouts help your liver to detoxify better? “Does that mean I can have an extra glass of wine with my Christmas dinner?” asked my friend. Hmm…
I can understand why lots of people don’t like sprouts, but if cooked or prepared with love and attention they really are delicious.
Here are some more interesting facts about the lowly sprout to encourage a second helping over the festive period:
- they have cholesterol lowering benefits
- they contain compounds that seem to protect our DNA
- as a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (which also includes cabbage, kale, cauliflower and broccoli) they contain the amazing family of glucosinolates famed for their anti-cancer properties
- their fabulous fibre content means they are good for digestive health – it also means they help keep you full for a really long time
- they have been shown to have positive effects on the health of our stomach lining, helping prevent bacteria such as Helicobacter Pylori (linked to stomach ulcers) attaching to the stomach wall
This is my favourite way to eat sprouts as the moment as it is so easy to prepare.
All you need to do is slice your sprouts in half and put them into a baking dish with a few garlic cloves, drizzle with olive oil or rice bran oil, sprinkle with a nice salt (such as Himalayan crystal salt) and black pepper, then roast in the oven at 180°C for about 30 minutes or until the sprouts are lovely and crispy on the outside. Delicious! x