BrusselKale Benefits: Better Than Good Old Kale?
Have you heard of the unique blend of kale and Brussel sprouts? Researchers decided to hybridize these two veggies to see if “brusselkale” could create a more powerful nutritional hit. Is it the superfood of the future…or just a frankenfood? Here’s our take on it.
Separately, kale and Brussel sprouts are nutritionally impressive. Both have been studied extensively for superfood attributes and have performed well in test after test – with both the scientific community and nutrition foodies.
Researchers with UK company Tozer Seeds decided to hybridize these two veggies and let consumers decide if brusselkale benefits are a hit.
- One of the most nutrient-dense foods, packed with vitamins A, C, K, B-complex, manganese, calcium, copper, omega-3 fatty acid, and potassium.
- Low in calories, high in fiber and protein, kale is an excellent addition to the vegetarian diet or if you’re trying to lose weight.
- Heavy hitter in the antioxidant department that make it naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, heart protective, and antidepressant.
- Has shown in studies to have anti-cancer benefits due to the sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol contents.
- Easy ingredient to add to green shakes, soups, and salads.
Proven Benefits of Brussel Sprouts
- Excellent source of vitamins and minerals that include K, C, folate, B-complex, choline, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein.
- Great addition to vegetarian diet or for those trying to lose or maintain a healthy body weight.
- The glucosinolates found in Brussel sprouts are natural detoxifiers.
- Anti-inflammatory, good for digestion, excellent for heart health.
Unfortunately, all the incredible health benefits have done nothing to influence their popularity. Kids almost unanimously hate Brussel sprouts and even many adults make “the face” when you mention them.
The Science and the Profit
Brusselkale looks like a little cabbage with green and purple fluffy leaves.
Hybrid vegetation occurs often in natural farm settings as various crops are cross-pollinated and result in interesting blends.
Brussel sprouts and kale are both members of the cabbage family. If they were grown side by side in a field, they have attributes that are similar enough to make cross-pollination possible.
We here at Daily Superfood Love are always a bit hesitant when a for-profit company talks about taking fifteen years to make a vegetable hybrid. In the world of Monsanto giants, hybridization sounds a little too close to genetically modified (GMO) for our comfort. After all, Tozer refers to the process as “tweaking” for flavor and appearance.
Simply mashing two varieties together doesn’t automatically result in double the nutritional value. Brusselkale benefits are unclear.
Tozer Seeds named their creation “Kalette” and categorizes it as a flower sprout. It will begin hitting shelves in the United States within a few months.
At this time, only exclusive commercial growers have access and permission to grow the seeds and there are specific partnerships with a handful of stores to sell them.
The sudden and explosive popularity of kale in the last ten years has given Tozer Seeds a leg up they weren’t expecting in regards to potential sales.
Superfood or Frankenfood?
This product may indeed be “prettier” than the original vegetables and the novelty of it may equate to sales all over the world. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed.
They will be far more expensive and Tozer has ensured that “Kalettes” will only be available in limited stores.
Boutique vegetables are a niche that hasn’t been filled since “broccolini” was released in the early nineties. “Tweaked” fruits such as the grapple (grape and apple), tangelo (tangerine and grapefruit), boysenberry (blackberry, loganberry, and raspberry), and pluot (plum and apricot) are far more common.
Kale and Brussel sprouts are incredible superfoods in their own right. Their nutritional value is off the charts, they are inexpensive, readily available, and proven disease fighters.
Why gamble unknown brusselkale benefits against established vegetables that haven’t been “tweaked” and have (so far) not shown up on the genetically modified food lists?
In our opinion? Stick with the original.