Crunch, Munch and Lose

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Cruciferous foods have a reputation to protect. That's because they're known for their disease-fighting, diet-friendly properties. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy are all cruciferous vegetables.

When it comes to health benefits, these veggies are chock full of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber. What they are most known for is their ability to lower the risk of all kinds of cancer - from breast cancer to prostate cancer. These veggie delights assist in a very important process by which the genes GSTM1 and GSTT1 found in the body eliminate isothiocyanates, the beneficial chemicals found in these cruciferous vegetables. But the more veggies you consume, the more likely you are to have inactive GSTT1, allowing the isothiocyanates to stick around.