The Cancer Related Benefits of Brussel Sprouts (Recipe Included!)

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.

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Homemade, Health-Promoting Nut Milk (Recipe Included!)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to us in October, a time when the cooling weather and change in seasonal produce lead us to reach for our favorite fall comfort foods. Spiced ciders, doughnuts, and pumpkin everything are a few of the season’s best indulgences, but as indulgences they should remain, or we’ll find ourselves entering the holidays with bloated stomachs and ill-fitting clothes.

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The Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day (Recipe Included!)

For centuries before becoming the sweet treat we know today, chocolate, the product of fermented cacao beans, was used as medicine. Early Aztec cultures concocted remedies using cocoa from the “chocolate tree” to ease intestinal complaints and upset stomach, control diarrhea, reduce fevers, and boost strength before military conquests. Later eras linked chocolate to other properties, such as a cure for “chocolatomania” cravings in the mid-1900s, which were believed to occur in young women.

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How to Boost Your Health with Allium Vegetables (Recipe Included!)

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.

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