Another reason to love your vegies

broccoli sproutsBy Paul Clifford

Vegetables are a divisive bunch. Some love them and others hate them. It’s black and white with vegies.

For me, I’m in the ‘hate em’ bucket but ironically I eat them a lot because I know how good they are for you. I just happen to have a lot of water to wash them down.

I think there is an inverse relationship between taste and goodness. The worse it tastes the better it is for you.  I was also fed beetroot as a child which I still have nightmares about.

So you can see that I have an attitude problem with vegetables.

However I have recently seen some research that once again persuades me to re-think my attitude. It’s research that has found that a chemical in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism.

Now you might say “but Paul, you don’t have autism” Well that’s true but take a look at the behaviours that improved in autistic teenagers and young adults as a result of being given doses of sulforaphane extracted from broccoli sprouts – irritability, lethargy, motivation, communication and movement.

Several studies have demonstrated that broccoli might be beneficial by reducing the risk for the development of certain forms of cancer. For me, I think its likely that this compound found in broccoli could improve the symptoms above in those who do not have autism as well.  As such this is yet another reason why I’ll be continuing to consume broccoli even while I’m wincing.

Here’s the article – Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms.

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