Brussel sprouts have a history of under appreciation, being boiled or steamed to an olive colored mush and strongly eliciting smells of sulfur. Over the past few years, however, they’ve taken a turn in the eyes of the public and have become a favorite of foodies, bloggers, and some of the best restaurants in NYC. This is good news for the health minded and flavor-seeking alike!
Cruciferous vegetables name the family of plant foods that includes brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, and arugula, among others. They contain a powerful group of compounds called isothiocynates, which have a number of cancer-fighting properties, particularly for breast cancer. While not as popular as its cruciferous cousin, kale, brussels actually have a greater content of certain health-promoting nutrients. These veggies may be able to assist the body in excreting estrogen and other hormones and have been linked with lower rates of breast cancer in certain populations. Eaten raw or cooked lightly, cruciferous vegetables should be a substantial part of a plant-based diet. Try to get at least one serving per day.
Allium vegetables comprise approximately 500 species, the most common including onions, leeks, garlic, chives, and shallots. They have been valued throughout history for their flavor as well as their medicinal properties. Rich in health-promoting flavanols and organosulfur compounds, alliums have increasingly attracted the interest of the medical community for their potential to play a part in preventing cancer.
The low FODMAP diet may sound like yet another gimmicky weight loss plan to many of you, but it’s actually a science-backed regimen aimed at alleviating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Developed by Australian researchers, the efficacy of the low FODMAP diet for IBS is supported by encouraging studies in numerous medical journals, and has increasingly become the go-to dietary intervention for this highly prevalent condition.
Don’t just take a Weight-and-See approach to losing pounds in 2013. Two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight and one-third are obese. Tip: Exert portion control. A single portion should fit on your palm; a restaurant meal is usually the size of multiple portions. Here are more weight management tips from expert Dr. Robert Yanagisawa. Read more at http://ow.ly/gupUd