1. Anti-cancer properties
The American Cancer Society recommends eating more broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables because they contain phytochemicals – anti-cancer properties
2. Anti aging properties
Broccoli also has anti aging properties which can reverse the effect of the aging process.
3. Aid digestion
Broccoli is rich in fiber, which helps with digestion and works at dealing with or even preventing constipation.
4. Acts as detoxifier
The presence of vitamin C, sulfur and certain amino acids make broccoli a very good detoxifier. It helps eliminate free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body.
5. Control diabetes
Broccoli is rich in chromium, which is known to help regulate insulin and control diabetes.
6. Improve immune system
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient which helps keep immune system in shape.
7. Maintain healthy eyesight
Research has suggested that the beta-carotene in broccoli can protect the eyes against macular degeneration and prevent cataract.
8. Protect against UV radiation
Researchers also have found that a compound called sulforaphane in broccoli may reduces the skin damage and inflammation caused by exposure to UV radiation.
9. Strengthen bone and Prevent osteoporosis
Being rich in calcium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus, they help in maintaining bone strength and keeping the bone remain strong.
10. Prevent anemia
Anemia is directly related to lack of iron. Iron and folic acid found in broccoli can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
11. Maintain a healthy pregnancy
Broccoli is a good source of folate which helps prevent neurological defects such as spina bifida in the fetus. All women need a regular source of folate during pregnancy.
12. Reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk
A study shown that a diet high in folate may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and broccoli is one of the foods that contain this substance.
13. Lower cholesterol and high blood pressure
Broccoli is rich in cholesterol-reducing fiber, chromium, and potassium, which can help lower cholesterol levels and control blood pressure.
14. Reduce heart disease risk
The carotenoid lutein found in broccoli may prevent the thickening of the arteries in the heart, thus reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly stroke.
15. Weight loss diet
Broccoli is extremely low in calorie content. Approximately 146 gram of broccoli contain less than 50 calories and therefore it is a good diet for people who’re looking for weight loss.
Now that we know the wonderful benefits of eating broccoli, here are the recipes we made using Broccoli!
I love serving my son Crudites platters, which is just a fun fancy French word for raw veggies and dip (and it’s more fun for kids to say they are having a crudites platter). Crudites are perfect for appetizers and to munch on while we are cooking. We tried this delicious Broccoli Guacamole for our crudites platter. We used celery, cucumber and carrots as our vegetables for dipping. This is probably the best Guacamole we have ever made and my son loved it!
Recipe from www.vegangela.com
2 ripe avocados, diced
¾ cup raw broccoli pieces (no stems) finely chopped – I used a food processor to chop it
1 tomato, diced
¼ cup red onion, minced
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp lemon juice
Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except the avocados.
- Add the avocados but just gently fold them in so that there are still some chunks.
- Season with salt, as needed.
Curried Broccoli Couscous
Recipe from www.Real Simple.com
2 tablespoons olive oil (I left the oil out and just used water)
1/4 bunch broccoli, finely chopped (1 1⁄2 cups)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 cup golden raisins
3⁄4 cup couscous
1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the curry powder and stir to combine. Stir in the chickpeas, raisins, 1 cup water, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
3. Stir in the couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let steam 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Enjoy!
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