Plant-based nutrition is more and more popular in our society. The benefits on our health from eating healthy are tremendous. Studies show that eating more vegetables can prevent diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity and digestive problems. A well-balanced calorie sufficient diet composed of healthy vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds is what the body needs to thrive. Plants contain phytonutrients and fiber, two elements that are inexistent in animal foods. A plant-based diet is anti-inflammatory, it is high in antioxidant, it prevents some cancers and osteoporosis, and has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. All vegetables are healthy, but today, we will look closely at the nutrition value of broccoli.
Healthy Vegetable: Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the amazing vegetables from the cruciferous family. Some of his brothers and sisters are cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, arugula, kale, collard greens, and radishes. The benefits from eating broccoli and the other members of his family are fantastic. It detoxes the body from pollutants, boosts your liver detox enzymes and can potentially prevent DNA damage. Eating broccoli and other cruciferous could also help in the prevention of diseases such as lymphoma, breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Nutrition Value of Broccoli
Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Folate. It also provides a good amount of B Vitamins and some minerals life iron, manganese, Calcium, magnesium, and potassium. You should have at least 1 serving of broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables per day. (1/2 cup chopped)
It is the Sulforaphane contained almost exclusively in cruciferous vegetables that would be responsible for these super powers. Although, this anticancer agent is only present in raw cruciferous. Actually, its formation only happens when you bite into your broccoli. Cooking inactivates the formation, unless you chop your veggies first. Just like chewing it! Weird? The sulforaphane formation happens when the sulforaphane precursor is mixed with an enzyme called myrosinase. This happens when you chew…or chop! If you wait 40 minutes, you can cook your broccoli for as long as you want, and get the benefits from the raw vegetable.
Here are a few yummy & healthy broccoli recipes! Click on the picture to get the recipe. Visit our pre-cleanse menu for more plant-based recipes.