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#1 Hum

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 17:01

The Scottish resident from Ayrshire was rushed to hospital after eating a plateful of the festive vegetables.

It gives diners not so keen on sprouts another reason to pass on the unpopular vegetable when offered a helping on Christmas Day.

Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin K, a chemical the body uses to promote blood clotting.

The man, who has not been named, suffered a heart failure after the sprouts interfered with his blood thinning medication.

Doctors at Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, were left stumped by his condition before learning of his above-average Brussels sprout intake.

Consultant cardiologist Dr Roy Gardner said: ‘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.’

The case was reported in a festive edition of the Medical Journal of Australia.

Jill Young, chief executive of the Golden Jubilee Hospital, said: ‘Whilst we think this is possibly the first-ever festive admission to hospital caused by the consumption of Brussels sprouts, we were delighted that we were able to stabilise his levels.’

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 22:50

I told my wife that those things are bad for you.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 22:54

Could never happen to me --- after the first sprout, I throw up ! :D

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 23:43

Could never happen to me --- after the first sprout, I throw up ! :D


I wish I could. I hate those things and my wife insists I need to eat more healthy. I'd rather die happy than healthy.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:33

who wants to eat little green farts? its like elf ****

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:35

^ I always suspected elves ...

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:53

Those BS are not an acquired taste. I used to stuff them in the base board heater as a kid. I got busted when it was discovered and was never given them again. (Y) I've not seen one in years. I hear people in Ohio love them. :p

On topic, so it was suicide by BS. lol

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:56

I do love a Brussels Sprout, not quite as much as this fella apparently.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:58

My mum tried a new recipe with them today, based around chestnuts, onions and so on. Still vile!

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:02

Love Brussel Sprouts.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:03

a) Brussel Sprouts are vile.
b) You'd think a person dies from massive flatulence long before the vitamin K overdose from sprouts sets in.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:23

I love Brussels sprouts :D I never got the fuss about it, they're not that far off broccoli or cauliflower taste-wise (imo).

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 20:09

Those BS are not an acquired taste.


They are truly BS in very sense of the word.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 20:18

Love sprouts - have several bags in the freezer. No problem with a med contraindication here though.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 20:44

what a pansy