Our expert says:
I am pleased to inform you that I did not write this article you are referring to! Cruciferous vegetables as listed are anticarcinogenic and recommended as part of a preventative diet. Certain supplements also contain extracts of cruciferous vegetables and are sold as products to protect against cancer. Like the meat which when lean and not charred which does not pose a potential threat, cruciferous vegetables can be both good and bad - anticarcinogenic on the one hand and goitrogenic on the other hand. Most people do cook their Brussels sprouts, etc, before eating them. Many foods like grapefruit interact with drugs which is one of the reasons why it is a good idea to read the package inserts of medications to check if one needs to make dietary changes when taking such drugs.
Once again you can check each statement which one of the other contributors to this site made in connection with the braai story on PubMed, which is a more scientific site than dear old Wiki.
Always keep in mind that nutrition and human physiology is not like physics or pure chemistry, but a mixture of positive and negative reactions that need to be weighed up against each other to obtain the best result. Dietitians believe that "All foods fit", which means there are no "good" or "bad" foods and that the safest option is to "Eat a variety of foods" (the first and most important Food-Based Dietary Guideline). Therefore, what you lose on the swings, is made up on the roundabouts.
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