Do you remember what your Mom said about eating the vegetables like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, and Brussel Sprouts etc…She might have said that they’re healthy but even she doesn’t know the real benefits of these cruciferous vegetables.
The actual benefit of these vegetables is that they help you burn more fat than the regular veggies that you consume in your diet.
Generally, our body is exposed to the harmful chemicals like Xenoestrogens in many ways, such as through pesticide effected foods, household cleaners, drinking polluted water and even comes from the cosmetics that we use every day. These Xenoestrogens force our body to hold onto belly fat and can also cause hormonal imbalance in our body.
Fortunately, these cruciferous vegetables are rich in phytonutrients that fight against these harmful chemicals like Xenoestrogens stored in our body. So, if you eat these fat burning vegetables regularly, you’re not only losing weight, but also improving the overall health in a cost-effective way.
Fat Burning Vegetables You can eat on the Military Diet
- Broccoli: It provides a lot of cholesterol lowering benefits when cooked by steaming. The fibrous content in Broccoli helps in easy digestion. A single cup (156 g) of Broccoli contains just 55 calories and is also very low in GI.
- Cauliflower: It is recommended to include this cruciferous vegetable at least 2-3 times per week in your diet. But, don’t overcook it as it loses taste and nutrients. 1 cup (124 g) of Cauliflower contains just 29 calories.
- Cabbage: It also provides you with special cholesterol-lowering benefits when cooked on a steam. You can even follow the cabbage soup diet for weight loss.
- Horseradish: Low in calories and contains good amounts of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
- Kale: Rich in nutrients and low in calories. Mostly known for its detoxification properties. 1 cup (130 g) of Kale contains just 36 calories and can easily fill you up.
- Arugula: It has many vital phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. 100 g of Arugula leaves contain just 25 calories.
- Bok Choy: Rich in nearly 21 nutrients and contains Omega-3s, as well as Zinc. It is also the 11th richest food in Vitamin A content. 1 cup (170 g) of Kale contains mere 20 calories.
- Land Cress: Improves the taste of your soups and dishes when the land cress is used as an ingredient.
- Watercress: It prevents cancer and also decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
- Rutabaga: They are high in anti-oxidant and anti-cancer compounds. 1 cup contains nearly 53% of daily recommended Vitamin C.
- Shepherd’s Purse: Also known as Blind weed, this cruciferous vegetable is used in treating heart and circulatory problems as well as headaches, diarrhea and bladder infections.
- Turnip: They contain 4x more calcium than the Cabbage. Very low in calories and highly nutritious.
- Brussel Sports: These are highly nutritious and therefore should not be overcooked as they lose the nutritional benefits. 1 cup (156 g) of Brussel sprouts contains around 56 calories.
- Collard Greens: It contains cancer-preventive properties and can also help in lowering the body’s cholesterol level. 1 cup (190 g) of Collard greens contains 63 calories.
- Kohlrabi: It is part of the cabbage family and is sweet in flavor. It helps in lowering the cholesterol level.
- Mustard Greens: Helps in detoxing the body from harmful impurities and also prevents certain types of cancers like bladder cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
All these cruciferous vegetables can burn fat effectively and can be eaten while you’re on the military diet without any issues.