Give your kids plenty of broccoli sprouts—they’ll thank you later, or at least their guts will.
Eating sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables will reduce the risk of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), colitis and Crohn’s disease.
The diet helps the body produce sulforaphane, an anti-inflammatory metabolite, that protects against the worst symptoms of gut disorders, such as weight loss and diarrhea.
The younger you start the diet, the greater the protective effect, say researchers from the University of Maine. But it could be an effective diet for IBD sufferers of any age, the researchers say.
Their findings have been restricted to mice studies, and so similar results may not be replicated in people.