You probably know that broccoli doesn’t talk, doesn’t walk, and never hitchhikes a ride with strangers. There are however a few facts about Broccoli that you may not be aware of. Broccoli is a vegetable that is well recognized as a super food. Rich in antioxidants kids generally have a tendency to dislike it while vegetarians and dieters love it. Chock full of a vast array of vitamins and minerals broccoli is high in fibre, low in calories, a powerful antioxidant, and a proven cancer fighter.
Like most vegetables broccoli is amazing raw or cooked. It can be steamed, baked, broiled, or boiled. And whether you eat it as a main dish, in a salad, a stew, or a casserole, broccoli is delicious and nutritious. It is one of those perfect vegetables that has it all. Rich in vitamins and minerals it is also loaded with fibre which helps to make this a highly filling food. If you are dieting this is a vegetable that can satisfy your hunger cravings.
Broccoli is an excellent source of fibre but what makes the fibre within Broccoli unique is that it is made up of two distinct types, it contains both insoluble and soluble fibre. This means that unlike many other foods broccoli is able to meet your complete fibre needs. It is a member of the cabbage family although it is rarely associated with it. Generally classed as a green vegetable broccoli most closely resembles another member of its family, the Cauliflower.
The Broccoli family is a bit different from your own though as they do not celebrate family events such as birthdays or family reunions. They prefer to just mingle quietly among themselves without a great deal of fuss or bother about much of anything.
Broccoli is an antioxidant rich food and antioxidants help protect us from the risk of developing cancer. But did you know that Broccoli contains the phytonutrients sulforaphane and indoles which are the chief reason for its amazing ability to fight cancer? Yep, tis true. This dark green vegetable is amazing. It is one of these little indole fellows that is believed to be able to suppress breast tumor growth and in addition to this tremendous ability to also have the ability to slow down or stop the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body. Sulforaphane serves a very important function in the fight against cancer.
They increase the body's production of phase II enzymes and it is these enzymes that are able to detoxify cancer causing chemicals and thereby allow them to be safely eliminated from the body. Lab tests have shown that animals fed a diet rich in sulforaphane have fewer tumors or much smaller tumors than animals who do not receive this special diet.
A second common form of cancer is stomach cancer and tests show that broccoli also offers tremendous protection against this killer. Studies show that broccoli is effective in slowing the development of many types of cancer including ovarian, lung, breast, stomach, and prostrate cancer.
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