Broccoli sprouts are known to have anti-cancer properties. They contain the enzyme "sulforaphane" that helps protect cells and prevents their genes from turning into cancer. This compound acts as an anti-cancer agent by encouraging the body to attack dangerous chemicals that can cause malignancy. Although this substance had been identified in the vegetables themselves, it has now been shown to be 50% more concentrated in the sprouts. The peppery flavor also creates a good taste for salads.