Food For Thought Can you smell the sulfur veggies? By: Leanne Ely

I don’t know about you, but nobody ever told me to sit down and eat my sulfur-rich vegetables. Well, except for Dr. Terry Wahls in her hugely popular TED Talks video. (In case you aren’t familiar with this phenomenal doctor, she ate her way out of advanced MS through diet.)

Dr. Wahls completely changed the way I looked at food, and when she said that we need to eat three cups of sulfur veggies per day, let’s just say I started stocking up on cabbage!

Anyway, my point is, most of us didn’t grow up knowing how important these veggies with the distinctive smell really are to human health.

What do you know about sulfur-rich vegetables? Maybe you have never even heard of a group of vegetables being referred to as such.

The sulfur-rich veggies I’m talking about include:

*    cabbage
*    broccoli
*    cauliflower
*    brussels sprouts
*    bok choy
*    garlic
*    shallots
*    onions
*    leeks

A sulfur-rich veggie is basically any fibrous, often non-leafy, vegetable that releases a “rotten eggs” odor when cooked.

Why are these veggies so important?

Well, sulfur is a key mineral in our bodies. It’s required for healthy hair and strong muscles, but it’s also essential for proper functioning of the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system.

Sulfur binds the amino acid chains that form insulin. Insulin is required for life. Period!

Those sulfur-rich veggies contain organosulfur compounds that we need to have so our bodies run optimally.

How do you increase your intake of these vegetables?

Start by adding these foods to dishes you already eat every day.

*    Saute some cabbage, broccoli and onions, and turn it into an omelette for breakfast.
*    Add chopped cabbage and cauliflower to your lunchtime salad.
*    Make a point of eating a heaping serving of bok choy or brussels sprouts with your dinner.
*    When you prepare meats, marinate them in garlic.
*    Add extra leeks to your soup.
*    Eat coleslaw more often!
*    Fried onions on everything!

Before you go and start cooking, I would strongly recommend just steaming those smellier of the sulfur veggies for a short time so that they don’t turn to a stinky mush. Cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts, I’m looking at you!

The Paleo diet is a great way to get in these wonderful sulfur veggies, and right now you can join our Fall 30 Day Paleo challenge! Click here to learn more!

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