Cruciferous vegetables, which include cauliflower, cabbage, cress, and broccoli, contain a chemical called Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that may promote weight control. Taiwanese researchers, in a study on genetically obese mice, found that supplementing the diet with I3C reduced weight, body fat, blood sugar, insulin, and markers of inflammation. Cruciferous vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and have been linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease. This study showed that they might also promote fat loss.

To get more cruciferous vegetables into your diet, try out these awesome recipes:

JB’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower “Popcorn”

Source: Nutrition, 27: 463-470, 2011