Brussels Sprouts (Brussel Sprouts)

 Feed in Moderation
  • Common Name: Brussels Sprouts (Brussel Sprouts)
  • Latin Name: Brassica oleraceae (Gemmifera Group)
  • Family Name: Brassicaceae
'As a member of the Brassica (Cabbage) family, Brussels Sprouts contain goitrogens.  If plants that are high in goitrogens are consumed in large amounts, it can interfere with the body's ability to absorb and utilise iodine, and this can result in damage to the thyroid.  However, because Brussels Sprouts are also a good source of iodine, this will to some extent counteract the detrimental effect of the goitrogens, and it is therefore a plant that can be fed in moderation during the winter season when other foods are not as readily available.
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