Whenever it comes to the best thing in our diet, we cannot miss those green colored veggies. Out of all greenies, my most favorite is broccolis. Broccoli is a cabbage family vegetable grown for its nutritious flower heads. Its green or purple florets have been known for several noteworthy, unique phytonutrients that have been found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
Very few people would list broccoli as their favorite food. It is a vegetable which possesses a bitter taste and gives off a strong aroma when cooked. Broccoli originated in Italy off of the Mediterranean. It has been eaten there since the time of the ancient Romans in the 6th Century BC.
Inside out of broccoli
- Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which may help to stop the spread of cancer. In some laboratory tests, it has been shown to reduce the spread of tumors and reduce the number of carcinogens and free radicals in the body.
- Broccoli is also very high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps fight cancer within your cells, as well as keep your eyes healthy and stave off glaucoma and other eye degenerative diseases. It also helps to promote healthy skin, break down urinary stones (a big issue with the summer heat and dehydration) and maintain healthy bones and teeth.
- The fresh vegetable is an exceptionally rich source of vitamin-C; providing 89.2 mg or about 150% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and immune modulator, helps fight against flu-causing viruses.
- Fresh heads are an excellent source of folates; contain about 63 µg/100 g (Provides 16% of RDA). Studies have shown that consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits rich in folates during pre-conception and pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects in the offspring.
- Prevents Bladder Cancer – Recent studies revealed that men who include broccoli’s to their daily diet have very less chance of bladder cancer.
- Reduces risk of colorectal cancer – This vegetable is packed with folate, fiber, and antioxidants that may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Increases breast cancer survival – Eating broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may improve your odds of breast cancer survival, a new study suggests. Of women in China diagnosed with breast cancer, those who consumed the most cruciferous vegetables were 62% less likely to die of breast cancer and 35% less likely to have a recurrence of the disease, compared with those who consumed the least.
The Best Way to cook Broccoli
The best ways to cook broccoli are to steam it, roast it, cook it in the microwave, or stir-fry it with a little broth or water. These methods are better than boiling. Some of the vitamin and mineral content are lost from the vegetable and end up in the cooking water when it is boiled.
Cooked broccoli should be bright green in color, and tender enough so that it can be pierced with a sharp knife and still remain crisp.