Ask Garden Eats: Are Brocco Sprouts Better Than Broccoli?
Jeannie West Hollywood, California
Garden Eats: Hi Jeannie, great question! While eating brocco sprouts is not exactly better per se, they do yield far more nutrients in a far lesser amount than eating broccoli. One serving of brocco sprouts (a little over an ounce) is equal to 1 1/4 pounds of broccoli! This is good news for those of you who don’t like the taste of broccoli, yet still seek the nutrition it offers. Brocco sprouts are a great food choice and you don’t have to eat them everyday to obtain their nutrient-dense benefits.
Eating brocco sprouts at least three times a week is beneficial because they:
- contain both di-indole methane and sulforaphane- both of which are strong anti-cancer compounds
- may prevent ulcers by regulating levels of H. Pylori
- are known to reduce inflammation associated with seasonal allergies and asthma
- may boost antioxidant activity for diabetes patients
Wondering what to do with these little sprouts?
- sprinkle on sandwiches, sweet potatoes and pastas
- mix into stir fries
- grab, wash and chow a handful!
- add to dips like salsas and hummus
- great in pestos (stay tuned for kale and sprouts summer pesto recipe coming soon)
How do you enjoy your brocco sprouts? Tell us about it now in the comments!