What Does Cruciferous Mean?


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Cruciferous is defined as a plant or vegetable that belongs to the Cruciferae family of plants. Cruciferous vegetables are known as the wonder kids of the vegetable world. Some varieties of cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, bok choy, collards, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens and cauliflower.

Cruciferous vegetables contain more phytochemicals than other groups of vegetables. Phytochemicals are those chemicals whose main function is to strengthen the immune system. In other words, foods which are rich in phytochemicals must be included in the diet in larger quantities. This not only makes the diet look a lot more balanced, but also helps the body to increase resistance against diseases and viral ailments more than any other known variety of foods.

Cruciferous vegetables are those vegetables which are rich in the vitamins C, E and beta-carotene. These vitamins have antioxidant properties. They are a good source of fibre, which is an essential nutrient.

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