and Why You Need to Chew Them Raw to Receive Maximum Health Benefits.
There are a variety of foods that contain sulforaphane. However, Desert Health News explains that “Sulforaphane doesn’t exist independently in plants; it must be created through a specific enzymatic process.”
This enzymatic process is activated only open damage to the plant (ie. chewing). Therefore, you must chew the foods that “contain” the sulforaphane in order for your body to actually receive its benefits.
As you’ll notice in the list below, these sulforaphane-containing foods typically need to be chewed. That said, over-cooking can destroy some if not all of the myrosinase, the enzyme required for the activation of sulforaphane.
The Natural Medicine Journal points out that a study was done where participants consumed broccoli sprouts and/or broccoli powder. The results showed that eating raw broccoli sprouts produced significantly more sulforaphane than did the broccoli powder.
This may be why broccoli sprouts are better known for containing this powerful cancer-fighter. I mean, who really cooks their sprouts? And I have yet to see someone swallow them whole without chewing them. =)
Another key point to keep in mind is that many of these vegetables below can be grown and consumed in sprout form. That means that, similar to broccoli sprouts and other types of sprouts, these greens can be grown from seed right on your kitchen countertop (many without soil even!).
Generally, these “microgreens” can be harvested in a couple of weeks. This is great news for those of us who want to enjoy fresh organic greens year-round without investing the time and effort in growing a seasonal vegetable garden.
What Foods Contain Sulforaphane
- Brussels Sprouts
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Bok Choy
- Broccoli Raab
So, we know that broccoli sprouts are nutritious and contain a good amount of sulforaphane that provides significant health benefits. However, did you know that we can triple the amount of sulforaphane in the sprouts before we eat them?
Dr Rhonda Patrick Explains How: