Eating more vegetables is never a bad idea.
However, there are some veggies that definitely pack more of a nutritional punch. Broccoli is one of them.
Broccoli is grown in the ground and is a part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Other members of this family are kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, turnips, and rutabaga.
Broccoli originated in Italy more than 2,000 years ago. Today, most of the world’s broccoli is grown in China and India. Most of the broccoli in North America is produced in California.
There’s a long list of health benefits from eating broccoli. Known to improve skin, immune health, digestion, and cardiovascular health. It’s also rich in antioxidants which aid the body in expunging pollutants and can also help reduce cancer.
Broccoli can improve bone health due to its high Vitamin K content. Just one cup of cooked broccoli contains nearly 250% of the daily target. Even more surprising, just one cup of broccoli has more Vitamin C than an orange.
There are so many ways to enjoy broccoli. It’s best to steam it for 20 minutes, microwave for three minutes or stirfry for five minutes. Studies suggest the anti-cancer enzymes are lost by boiling broccoli. While eating raw is deemed the most nutritious way, beware because it’s notorious for causing flatulence.
Ways to use broccoli, & don’t forget to use the stems!
Replace cabbage in slaws and salads
Add to fried rice or stir frys
Add to soups
Add to egg dishes