Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family. It resembles cauliflower, another cultivar belonging to the same family. It has so many benefits and one cup of broccoli can provide a wide range of vitamins while giving you only around 30 calories.
Benefits of broccoli
- Rich in antioxidants which has a great effect in lowering the risk of some types of cancer
- High in carotenoids and vitamin A which is great for a healthy immune system and vision and reduced age-related degeneration and cataract development
- Good source of vitamin C which is important for wound healing, building collagen which forms body tissue and bone, and keeping cells healthy. It also helps in iron absorption.
- High levels of vitamin K, vital for blood clotting and strong bones.
- Rich in fiber which promotes digestive health and can also help lower cholesterol and in weight loss
- Rich in folate which is crucial in preventing birth defects
- Potassium, a mineral and electrolyte that is essential for the functions of nerves and heart contractionBut always remember the fresher the better!! Vitamin and mineral levels in fruits and vegetables start to decline as soon as they are picked.
How much is enough?
Just 2 spears of broccoli count as a portion and are enough to feel the benefits.
Steaming is the ideal way to cook broccoli. Overcooking reduces its nutritional properties. If you boil, try using the cooking water in gravy or soup. However, to benefit the most of its properties, the best way to consume it is in its raw and fresh states.