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Feb 18, 2010 08:20 AM

Broccoli sprouts and digestive distress?

I love cruciferous veggies, but I seem to get particularly intense intestinal pains when I eat too much fiber -- and my body doesn't acclimate to it. So I figure it's just part of the package deal for me. But I"m wondering -- do broccoli sprouts cause the same disruption? If their nutrients are condensed, is their fiber as well? Might they cause even more discomfort?

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  1. Broccoli Sprouts do not cause the same disruption as broccoli florets. I use them all of the time and I can only speak anecdotally, but I experience none of the same problems as I do with other crucifers. I also use Brassica Tea which contains sulforaphane, the ingredient which protects you against cancer. The decaf green and black (my favorites) actually seem to soothe my stomach.

    I found this online but it doesn't address the intenstinal disruption per se...

    1. Maybe you should visit a registered dietician who specializes in food allergies and sensitivities. Recently I heard a radio talk show interview with one and an example was given of someone with severe acid reflux. The patient was about to undergo surgery but decided to try one more thing. The dietician figured out that she was actually allergic to broccoli which the patient was eating every day because broccoli is supposed to be good for you. The dietician said it takes several weeks to identify what is causing the problems. I thought it was odd to be allergic to broccoli but apparently it's not entirely unheard of.

      1. To say that they wouldn't cause you discomfort would not be completely accurate..let's put it this way; not everyone has the same experience. What might not bother someone else, might upset you. Really, the only way to know is to try it. One way to help head off a possible painful episode is to take Beano before you eat these types of veggies.