Love it or Hate it — Broccoli is Good for you!
I can’t say I’m a big fan of the taste of broccoli but it is highly nutritious hence why it’s labelled a Superfood.
These green little trees are a low glycemic member of the cruciferous family of vegetables alongside cauli, kale, cabbage, brussels, watercress, and pok choy.
You could be a right sneakerooney like me, and take Lean Greens ! Afterall, it has got Mr Broc in there !
So what is all the rage with this veg ?
Well one of the key ingredients in broccoli is a phytochemical called sulforaphane which has numerous benefits. One of the key ones being that it lowers the risk of cancer. Sulforaphane also supports liver detoxification by encouraging the body to produce enzymes needed for this process. It’s also been shown to have important antioxidant effects. Broccoli was shown by British researchers to protect your heart because the sulforaphane helps prevent your arteries from clogging up. The sulforaphane can also alleviate respiratory conditions such as asthma, and pulmonary disease by blocking the effect of free radicals in the polluted air we breathe.
Research has also shown that eating broccoli more than twice per week can help protect your eyes from cataracts thanks to two antioxidants it contains i.e. lutein and zeaxanthin.
It’s also alkaline so got an anti inflammatory effect on the body.
And you wouldn’t think it but broccoli contains more calcium than a glass of milk and so it strengthens your bones and because it contains vitamin C this will aid with calcium absorption.
And finally …
For those of you wanting to keep lean, broccoli contain lots of the mineral chromium. This mineral is essential for metabolizing carbs, fats and protein and helps control those blood sugars levels.
Not a broccoli fan? It might be the way you are cooking it!
If you want to boil or steam then try
- Drizzling with coconut oil
- Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over it with crushed black pepper
- Add a dash of balsamic vinegar
My favourite way to prepare broccoli is to stirfry it in coconut oil with some garlic, and then add a dash of tamari soy sauce!
You can also roast Broccoli! Here’s a great recipe for Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli.
Hopefully this will help convert you to the tiny trees. Failing that at least get your Lean Greens in!