Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables (sometimes referred to as cole crops in the USA) are vegetables which belong to the brassicaceae/mustard family.

Documented Benefits:
These vegetables have been shown to be of benefit in cancer prevention, immune stimulation, blood sugar regulation and hormone balance (specifically estrogen) [pubby doi=“10.1016/j.jff.2011.08.004”].

Some of the more popular vegetables from this family include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage (green and red)
  • Cauliflower
  • Bok choy
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi

Ideas for Integration:
From my experience the easiest way to consistently eat several portions of cruciferous vegetables is to buy pre-washed coleslaw. Bags of pre-washed coleslaw are sold at most super markets and are fairly inexpensive. However, this may not be an option in all countries.