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Broccoli – An Amazing Food

Posted by terrepruitt on June 15, 2010

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that can be eaten raw or cooked.  When eaten raw people sometimes smother it in dip. While that does not take away from the nutrients of the broccoli itself it somewhat might help in defeating the purpose of eating healthy.  But that is fodder for another post.

A common way to cook broccoli is to steam it or boil it. One way to easily steam it is to stand the crowns up like little trees in a dish of shallow water and microwave it for a few seconds.  It depends on how much you want it cooked.  The less cooked better preserves the nutrients.  Boiling it might cook away some of the amazing nutrients that have been attributed to broccoli.

The amazing part of the nutrients of broccoli is that is has so many.  It is high in vitamin C, K, A, and is high in fiber.  It is believed to have anti cancer properties, such as sulforaphane and indoles which are phytonutrients.  This are nutrients found in plants that are thought to be nutrients that might help keep our bodies in check and in balance and not contribute to cancer.

Broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

It might not smell pleasant while cooking it or after, but that is the sulfur that you smell.

1 cup of steamed broccoli has:

—over 100% of the Daily Value of vitamins C and K
—45% of the Daily Value of vitamin A
—20% of the Daily Value of dietary fiber
—15% of the Daily Value of potassium
—10% of the Daily Value of magnesium
—almost 10% of the Daily Value of protein and calcium

Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than a glass of milk.  It really is a wonder vegetable.  Remember frozen CAN be just as good as “fresh”.

Broccoli has been found to help prevent heart disease.

Broccoli.  Are you a fan?  How do you eat yours?

10 Responses to “Broccoli – An Amazing Food”

  1. niachick said

    Me loves broccoli!!!

    The only way I actually eat it raw though is the stem, cutting off all the leave and the first tough layer of flesh. OMG, it’s a delicacy. Most folks I know cut the stem off and just eat the buds. The stems are yum, yum, yummy (but the leaves and the first layer have to be cut off).

    Thanks as always.



    • So are you saying you don’t eat the floweret part raw only the stem? I always cut off the stem like most folks. I think I will start using more of it. Peel it a bit and use it.

      Broccoli is sooooo good for the body, like Nia! That is what my title should have been, Broccoli is good for you like Nia!


  2. Yum! I like it raw or cooked! I knew it was super food, but daaaaang! 🙂 I am suddenly craving some little green trees.


  3. suzicate said

    I love broccoli. My father grew it in his garden for the first time a few years ago…organic like that has a very strong flavor, but I am sure even better for you than it already is!


    • Wow. I don’t think I have every had uber fresh broccoli like that (home grown). I bet it is like the HULK of veggies when it is homegrown like that. I bet it loses a lot of its superpowers when grown and shipped commercially.


  4. Karin said

    I love broccoli. The leaves are also edible, by the way, and have more nutrients than the florets or stems. So, don’t throw away those leaves!


    • Hi Karin!! Good to know. But I don’t normally GET leaves when I get broccoli. Usually it is pretty stripped down. I am going to look into that because I have never seen information on that, might be another post. Thank you.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Hope to see you here again!


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