Health Benefits of Broccoli
In recent times, broccoli is gaining all the attention it had always deserved for its many health benefits, with loads of nutrients in every bite. Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family, family of cauliflower and cabbage.
It can be steamed, stir- fried, added to pastas, to soups, or can be consumed raw to get the host of nutrients. Broccoli’s noteworthy nutrients include:
Vitamin C – 1 cup of boiled broccoli contains as much Vitamin C as one orange contains, according to the USDA’s nutrient database. Vitamin C as antioxidant help combat cataracts, heart diseases and many cancers. Also, vitamin C along with vitamin A increases body’s immunity towards common cough and cold.
Potassium – high levels of potassium along with calcium and magnesium helps regulate blood pressure. It can be included in diets as well.
Vitamin A – broccoli contains powerful phytochemical antioxidants mainly as beta carotene which is known to keep eyes healthy.
Calcium - calcium present in broccoli is an important source of calcium especially for lactose intolerant. The calcium in broccoli is quite comparable to that present in a glass of milk, and thus helps in combating osteoporosis.
Fiber - about a cup of broccoli provides us with 4gms of dietary fibre. Thus aids in digestion, prevents constipation, keeps bowel movement active, maintains blood sugar
With just 30 calories in one cup of chopped broccoli and a dozens of other nutrients, broccoli is a must have in our diets. Add it in your soups, pastas, salads, or have it stir fried, steamed or try recipe here - Baked Broccoli with Cottage Cheese.