Cruciferous vegetables belong to the mustard family of plants renowned for being extremely good for you. They contain nutrients that are said to help detoxify certain cancer-causing substances before they have a chance to cause harm in the body.
Vegetables whose four-petal flowers form the shape of a cross are called cruciferous which means “cross-bearing.” Cruciferous vegetables include Swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, watercress, radish, arugula, spinach, turnip, kale, and bokchoy.
Most cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K. Dark green cruciferous veggies are a source of vitamins A and C and contain phytonutrients — plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Cruciferous vegetables also are rich in fiber and low in calories, a combination that will help you feel full and satisfied without overeating.