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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Leeks & Apples

Let’s be clear – only a small number of people want to eat raw Brussels sprouts. They don’t taste bad, but there are many other things that taste better!  However, people who have tried roasted Brussels sprouts know that this can be quite delicious. It turns out that when there are apples and leeks involved in the recipe than the situation is even better, so I hope you will give this untraditional twist a try!

The Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Numerous studies have shown that there are many health benefits related to Brussels sprouts. To start with, this vegetable is low in calories, which means that it’s perfect for those who want to lose or stabilize their weight. A full portion of this vegetable comes with 50 calories.

The same portion comes with a significant amount of vitamin K1 (two times more than the recommended daily amount). This vitamin is crucial for proper blood clotting. Brussels sprouts are good for natural detoxification, promoting protection from cancer, in particular due to a special compound known as D3T. Don’t forget that this vegetable is a rich source of vitamin A, potassium, calcium, folacin and fiber too.

An apple a day…

As the old saying goes – an apple a day keeps the doctor away. People have discovered the health benefits of apples hundreds of years ago. This low-calorie fruit contains significant amounts of potassium, ellagic acid, flavonoids like quercetin, fiber and vitamin C. Many benefits of apples come from their skins, so keep them on if they are organic!

There is a long list of health benefits of apples and we will mention just some of them. They are known as great energy boosters because they contain natural sugar. Many people use apples to support their weight loss efforts. There are experts who claim that apples can slow down the process of aging too.

Compounds found exclusively in the skin of the apples like triterpenoids can fight off cancer. The high content of soluble fiber called pectin also helps lower cholesterol. Finally, there are many studies associating apples with increased protection from, heart disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes, as opposed to other fruits and vegetables. Green apples in particular cleanse the liver and gallbladder and help soften gallstones. Their pectin promotes intestinal flora and supports normal colon function.

Apples in general are high in FOMDAPs and should be avoided during SIBO even though they contain malic and tartaric acids, which inhibit fermentation in the stomach making apples easier to assimilate than most other fruits.  Additionally, for people with IBS but not SIBO, applesauce or well-cooked apples will be much better tolerated than a raw apple.

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