Broccoli packs a lot of nutritional punch in its unassuming package.  Today we’ll discuss the many reasons why broccoli should make regular appearances on your plate.

One cup of cooked broccoli contains 54 calories and 6 grams of fiber, which makes it an ideal food for maintaining your weight.  You can eat a lot of it without taking in very many calories and the high fiber content will make you feel full longer.

Broccoli is very high in sulforaphane, a particular antioxidant that has been studied for its anticancer properties.  The research is still developing, but it looks like sulforaphane can help prevent cancer by working in a couple of different ways.  Firstly it helps your liver process and eliminate harmful elements from your system.  Secondly it may help to stop tumors from growing before they start.

There is also emerging research that suggests that sulforaphane could help decrease complications of diabetes, such as kidney damage and foot pain.

Some research also indicates that sulforaphane can fight H.pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.  See what I mean?  Broccoli is so impressive!

There are many different ways to prepare broccoli, but a light steaming works best to retain the sulforaphane.  Try sautéing a little garlic in olive oil, and then adding that to broccoli that has been steamed just until it’s bright green.  Add some protein (perhaps an egg on top) and you’re good to go!

Other foods that contain sulforaphane include cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, collards, arugula, and watercress.  Broccoli sprouts are actually higher in sulforaphane than broccoli itself.  If you’re going to eat sprouts, make sure to give them a thorough washing with cold tap water- harmful bacteria like to hide in the bundled strands.

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