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Brussels Sprouts: Far More Than a Bad Odor

This blog is written by one of our newest GLIM interns, Hayley Hinkel - meet Hayley and learn more about the benefits of brussels sprouts!

Hi all! My name is Haley Hinkel, and I am currently a freshman at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Science-Business. Besides loving brussels sprouts, I have a passion for the medical field, and I am interested in medical school and the business side of healthcare! I am so excited to be a new intern working with the Great Lakes Integrative Medicine Team, promoting the holistic approach to medicine that all people can benefit from! Look for some future blog posts from me on topics including autoimmune diseases and digestive health!


Although you may have to open a few windows while you roast or steam brussels sprouts, their health benefits are definitely worth it! Brussels sprouts are classified as a CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLE along with cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and more. Cruciferous vegetables are known to have anti-inflammatory properties due to their high levels of antioxidants. Inflammation is part of the body’s normal immune response. However, untreated injuries and autoimmune diseases may cause chronic inflammation, or long-term ongoing inflammation, which can lead to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Antioxidants in brussels sprouts neutralize free radicals which protect tissues from damage and prevent unwanted inflammatory responses.

Eating just one cup of cooked brussels sprouts gives you more than your daily recommendation of vitamin C! VITAMIN C is an essential nutrient for the body and is involved in boosting the immune system, iron absorption, and tissue repair. For instance, vitamin C’s ability to help immune cells fight off invaders lowers your chances of contracting the common cold. To learn about more of the health benefits of vitamin C check out our previous blog post here!

Brussels sprouts also are a good source of FIBER which can aid in digestion and constipation. Fiber helps feed probiotics, or “good” gut bacteria, which promotes good digestive health. Fiber also adds bulk to stool and softens it, making bowel movements more regular and easier to pass which lessens constipation. Eating brussels sprouts along with other sources of fiber like berries, beans, and whole grains can help meet your fiber needs. Currently it is recommended for women to consume at least 25 grams of fiber per day and for men it is recommended to eat at least 38 grams of fiber per day.

Next time you’re planning dinner, consider adding brussels sprouts to your menu as they are a great source of vitamins and nutrients with many health benefits! You can even try out one of my favorite brussels sprout recipes by Food Network Star Ina Garten! I promise they’re delish!!

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