Broccoli is part of the brassicas family together with cauliflower, kale, cabbage, golden beets and beet. Broccoli was used for almost 2000 years, but its consumption has increased a lot recently.
What does exactly the broccoli contain?
One broccoli of midsize contains:
- More vitamin C than 1 orange
- A lot of vitamin K
- Vitamin A (in a form of Beta Carotene)
- Vitamins B1, B3, B2, B5, B9, B6
- Fibers and phytochemicals
Why do we recommend broccoli consumption?
It Prevents Cancer!
Being an organic food, broccoli prevents various cancer types like breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, cancer on the internal organs (liver, kidney, lungs,). Broccoli is extremely good for people suffering from cervical and breast cancer since they eliminate the excess estrogen of the body. A researcher from University ‘Johns Hopkins’ in the United States, in 1992 released his findings that the ingredients found in broccoli reduced the developed cancer up to 75% and prevented its regeneration in 60% of the examined groups. The broccoli’s ingredients are one of the most potent weapons in the combat against cancer.
It Reduces Excess Kilograms!
The majority of people are not aware that broccoli helps in losing weight. Although it contains a few calories and it’s quite easy to eat, the stomach needs so many calories in order to digest it. Thus, the broccoli and celery are foods which the more you eat them, the more calories you burn while digesting it.
It Strengthens the Immune System!
Thanks to the abundance of minerals and vitamins the broccoli contains, it’s extremely good in strengthening the immune system and prevention of various infections.
It Prevents Heart Diseases!
When you eat broccoli, you keep your hearth healthy, so it improves the blood vessels by making them more elastic. Thus, you improve the blood circulation. At the same time, broccoli boosts the enzyme production that protects the heart from numerous illnesses. It reduces the level of bad cholesterol and regulates the blood pressure.
It Takes Care of Your Skin!
If you want to have shiny, smooth, and clean skin, you have to eat broccoli since it contains numerous vitamins, which are of extreme importance for your skin.
It Is Good Against Diabetes!
The broccoli contains chrome concentrate which has the function of reducing the levels of sugar in the blood. The daily chrome intake that diabetic’s organism needs is 25 mg., and 100 g. of broccoli have 22 mg. of chrome. Therefore, the daily broccoli intake of a diabetic person should be 100 g. at least.
It Improves the Sight and It Protects the Eyes!
The broccoli improves our sight thanks to the beta-carotene, phosphor, vitamin A, and the other vitamins such as B-complex, Vitamin C and E it contains. The are incredible for preserving the health of the eyes. Broccoli are proven that can protect our eyes from UV 6 rays.
It Detoxifies the Organism!
The vitamin C, some amino-acids, and sulfur in the broccoli are a great source for detoxification of our organism. They eliminate all toxins and the free radicals in our body and purify the blood as well.
It Helps with Stress and Tension
Being known for one of the best anti-stress veggies, broccoli helps to relieve stress and tension and it helps us feel better. The broccoli strengthens the bones, prevents a lot of diseases, and it nourishes the brain. It’s good for pregnant women and those who breastfeed.
Which Parts of the Broccoli are edible?
The majority of people eat only the flower of the broccoli and throw away the rest. But, by so doing, they make a big mistake since the leaves and the stem of the broccoli are also rich in minerals and vitamins.
How Can the Broccoli Be Prepared?
When using broccoli it is crucial to know what you are doing and how you can prepare it, because if you don’t prepare right you may lose a big part of the nutritious values of the broccoli.
The broccoli, when prepared, they can’ be soft, since it loses a good deal of its vitamins. When you prepare broccoli semi-soft, you get the maximum of its nutritious value. The best way to prepare it is by steaming it, but you can boil it, bake it, and fry it as well. You can use it raw too in your fresh salad.
Recipe for Fresh Broccoli Salad:
You will need:
- 1 broccoli clove
- 1 cucumber
- 2 or 3 radishes
- 1 lemon
- Olive oil
- Himalayan salt
How to Prepare it:
Slice the broccoli on tiny pieces and boil them for a short period of time. As soon as it starts to boil, let it cool. Slice the cucumber and radishes into circles. Leave the broccoli in a container, and then that add the cucumber and radishes in it. Season this salad with lemon, olive oil, and Himalayan salt.
Some Useful Tips:
- Although you can find it through the whole year, broccoli is best to consume it in winter.
- When buying broccoli, chose the one which have fresh smell, the one that has big, dark green, and strong body. Avoid the ones whose leaves are
- Keep it in the fridge, in a plastic bag and don’t wash it. Thus, you will avoid the moisture and prevent mold development. You can keep it for up to 5
- You can boil it and store it frozen for up to 1
- Eat it in smaller amounts in order not to face problems with your stomach.