Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

Private General Practitioner

Your Health in Our Hands

120 Harley Street

Phone: 020 7935 5050
Fax: 020 7935 3888
Email: enquiry@drjackedmonds.co.uk


SPROUTS - Love them or hate them they really are very good for you.

Key nutrients :  Potassium, beta carotene, folate, vitamin C, B6 and E, calcium and iron not to mention fibre.

Healing Properties :   The benefits of sprouts is that weight for weight they contain the most folate of all the brassicas needed to produce antibodies and white blood cells.  They stimulate the immune system, and are beneficial in preventing heart disease and cancer.    If you really hate this seasonal vegetable then the other brassicas like kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage and turnips all provide an abudance of important nutrients and a 90g serving supplies more than an adult's total daily vitamin C requirement!    

Choosing and Cooking : Sprouts are best small to provide the best flavour and kept in a dark cool place to conserve flavour, texture and most importantly their nutrients.   Cutting and cooking sprouts releases indoles which are thought to help prevent oestrogen-related cancers.     To enjoy them do not overcook them.    Trim and cross the bottoms and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes.    Drain and drizzle with mild olive oil, shuggle them with a small knob of butter and dress with freshly ground pepper.     At this stage they can also be put in a roasting tin and roasted for a few minutes to intensify and sweeten the flavour.    Well it works for us!!   Hope you enjoy this seasonal vegetable.

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