It looks like a tree and smells similar to a rotten egg. It is good raw or lightly steamed. What food consistently makes the top 10 super foods list? You’re right! Broccoli. It is misunderstood and under-appreciated. Keep reading and perhaps you’ll gain new respect for this SUPER, super food.
Broccoli – A Nutritional Powerhouse
Broccoli is a member of the brassica family of cruciferous vegetables along with its close relatives which include bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and Swiss chard. But unlike just any other green veggie, broccoli reins as superhero food status. Per one cup serving, broccoli contains more than 2 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 288 mg. of potassium (vitamin K), 43 mg. of calcium, 81 mg. of vitamin C (over fifty percent of the RDA for vitamin C). That’s above and beyond what you find when you cut into an orange.
What about vitamin A? You get more vitamin A from broccoli than you do from drinking a cup of milk, plus folate, magnesium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, and 1,277 mcg. of lutein and zeaxanthin, proven superstars for eye health. Just one cup of broccoli does all that.
Broccoli and Cancer
Cooking broccoli can be a little, stinky. You can blame the smell on the high levels of a phytochemical called sulforaphane. Fortunately, it is those sulfur compounds that help to reduce the size of tumors in the body. This has been proven in testing with colon cancers. Broccoli cuts the risk of bladder cancer in high risk groups and also protects against ovarian cancer in women.
Broccoli also partners up with other antioxidants found in carrots and tomatoes to boost the anti-cancer effects. Eat it raw or steam, don’t boil, your broccoli for better antioxidant delivery. Remember that tomatoes need to be cooked to release the lycopene, but overcooking broccoli reduces the benefit to you.
Broccoli and Detox
Who hasn’t heard of colon cleansing? It sounds like something you might want to do, but are a little leery about what will happen. Now, you don’t have to pop pills and drink strange potions. Eat some broccoli to cleanse your colon naturally.
Broccoli contains antioxidant substances. They neutralize free radicals and prevent their harmful damage to your body. Now, it has been discovered that broccoli contains phytonutrients that help the body to eliminate more toxic compounds. This means fewer toxins inside your body creating a healthier and better feeling you. This is good news as we are often bombarded with varying kinds of pollution, which we can’t control.
Broccoli and Digestion
Since we are already talking about elimination let’s just move backwards through the digestive tract and address the stomach. The stomach is the site of food breakdown. The acid churns to break down food. When broccoli hits the stomach, the sulfur compounds are released and work to eliminate the bacteria that are responsible for stomach ulcers, which at the very least are uncomfortable and can be dangerous if untreated.
Do you have a new respect for broccoli? This top super food can do more for you in one cup than other foods can in several servings. Preferably without the added fat in dressings and too much cheese – enjoy the benefits this powerhouse has to offer!
To your good health,
p.s. The good news is broccoli is one of the vegetables least contaminated with pesticides.
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