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Should brussel sprouts come with a warning ?


Posted on Friday, 21 December, 2012 | Comment icon 53 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Doctors have been debating whether brussel sprouts should be labelled with a health warning.

The humble sprout has long been a staple of the traditional Christmas dinner, but now concerns have been raised about their potential to interfere with anticoagulant medication after a man was admitted to hospital for eating too many of them. Sprouts are a rich source of Vitamin K which aids blood clotting, in this case a man from Ayrshire who had been prescribed anticoagulants after suffering heart failure ended up hospitalized when the effects of the sprouts counteracted his medication.

"Patients who are taking anticoagulants are generally advised not to eat too many green leafy vegetables, as they are full of vitamin K, which antagonise the action of this vital medication," said Dr Roy Gardner.

"The leafy green vegetables contain vitamin K, a chemical the body uses to promote blood clotting, and it counteracts the effects of anticoagulants (blood thinning medication)."

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Comment icon #44 Posted by Paracelse on 22 December, 2012, 6:52
I can't be the only one who's first post came out blank. I'll try again. I'd rather eat the vegetables and adjust the medication! it didn't come out blank...
Comment icon #45 Posted by Paracelse on 22 December, 2012, 6:55
No, they shouldn't. 1) Your doctor should advise you what to not eat. 2) You should be researching things you're unsure of, not just stuffing them into your mouth like theres no tommorrow. Usually people who are really sick pay attention to what they eat, I do and all I have is a very mild allergies to sulfites and gluten, with no heart or blood problems whatsoever
Comment icon #46 Posted by Likely Guy on 22 December, 2012, 8:20
Musically, please... "And remember every time you order Brussels sprouts You're going to rob a cabbage of its young." - Sid Williams, Barkerville. Circa 1968. No one else will remember this. That's okay.
Comment icon #47 Posted by AsteroidX on 22 December, 2012, 8:31
Grow your own veggies. You can do it indoors and you wont have the problems regulating coumadin as much as youll be able to estimate the amts of the "bad: stuff and with your doctor should be able to mainatin whatever diet you wish. Minus strictly veggie.
Comment icon #48 Posted by Swamptick on 22 December, 2012, 17:33
If they impaired my ability to operate machinery I would probably eat more.
Comment icon #49 Posted by judyrad on 23 December, 2012, 1:29
I would not mind that diet!
Comment icon #50 Posted by meankitty on 23 December, 2012, 19:51
I want to see someone make a kid eat a vegetable if they start coming out with a warning label.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Medium Brown on 24 December, 2012, 15:06
I was actually given the royal command to fetch these from the supermarket. However my sister is blissfully unaware of these findings because what's the point. I've been eating them reluctantly for ages and neither me or my family have suffered any ill effects. I think only people that are allergic to certain stuff might actually benefit from this info. Tbh it's part of our Christmas tradition and I don't want to go against the grain.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Hilander on 25 December, 2012, 0:57
This is a good thing to know. Thanks for posting this. I won't be eating to many.
Comment icon #53 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 2 January, 2013, 5:13
Grow your own veggies. You can do it indoors and you wont have the problems regulating coumadin as much as youll be able to estimate the amts of the "bad: stuff and with your doctor should be able to mainatin whatever diet you wish. Minus strictly veggie. Growing your own veggies is irrelevant. Your crop won't magically have a lower Vitamin K content, which was the entire point of this article. This whole idea is like putting diabetic warning labels on everything that contains sugar. Really?


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