You Never Knew This Veggie Is The New Detoxifying Food

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There’s a new superfood on the block, and in vegetable terms, it’s just a baby. We’re talking about broccoli sprouts.

Sprouts in general have become a popular addition to salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Most commonly it is bean sprouts that are used in these dishes, but it turns out that broccoli sprouts, picked at just a few days old may be the healthiest variety.  They may perhaps even be healthier than the mature, tree-like broccoli we’re all familiar with. In this article, we’ll explain the health benefits of these amazing little vegetables and why you need to start incorporating more of these little guys into your diet right away.

Broccoli is widely regarded as one of the healthiest cruciferous vegetables you can eat, and recent research shows that the immature broccoli sprouts may have even higher concentrations of key nutrients than the mature vegetable. If you do not like the taste of broccoli, you can try eating the sprouts instead, as the taste of the sprouts is much more mild and can be subdued entirely by blending it with other foods. Lemon juice also compliments the taste of broccoli sprouts very well, so you’d better add these all to your shopping list because the benefits of broccoli sprouts are enormous!

 

1. Source of sulforaphane

Of the most potent nutrients found in broccoli sprouts is sulforaphane, an organic sulphur compound that is tied to the numerous health benefits associated with this food. Another major factor in the nutritional profile of broccoli sprouts is the concentration of glucoraphanin, a “chemoprotective compound” which defends against cancer. Research has shown that the sprouts contain up to 100 times the levels of glucoraphanin found in fully grown broccoli.

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