Q. If any one food has the reputation for being “the thing on your plate you’d most like to slip the dog,” this vegetable is it. But it can help: reduce the risk of breast, prostate, & colon cancers while lowering cholesterol & heart disease.
A. Brussels sprouts are miniature members of the cabbage family. Like other cruciferous vegetables they are chock-full of natural plant compounds, which may help protect against cancer. Brussels sprouts are high in sulforaphane, which triggers the release of enzymes that help rid the body of toxic waste, says Jon Michnovicz, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Foundation for Preventive Oncology and the Institute for Hormone Research, both in New York City.