5 Reasons Why Broccoli is a Understated Superfood
Here are 5 reasons why Broccoli is an understated superfood.
- Broccoli is a member of the brassica family of cruciferous vegetables which includes other nutrient dense vegetables such as kale, bok choy and cabage.
90 grams of Broccoli contain the phytonutrients lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene which are great for the eyes and prevent age related macular degeneration and also powerful antioxidants.
- Broccoli protects your DNA structure by stimulating the production of detoxifying enzymes. Most toxins that pose a risk to you must be detoxified through a 2 step process. Broccoli is able to link these 2 detoxification process through its unique combination and concentration of phytonutrients not found in other foods.
- Broccoli is rich in fiber and low in calories. It has approximately 1g of fiber for every 10 calories. For 100 calories, which is 5% of a 2,000 calorie diet, you get 10g of fiber which is 40% of your daily requirement.
- Broccoli is an excellent source of anti cancer phytonutrients called isothiocyanates. This phytonutrient works by neutralizing carcinogens and activating Natural Killer cells that fight off cancer. Recent studies have shown that a mere 45g of broccoli a day has a measurable effect on cancer resistance.
- Broccoli has a very low Glycemic Index (GI). Low GI foods causes a steady rise in glucose level in the blood. This steady rise, in turn, helps keep you feeling full and energized for longer and it also encourages your body to burn off more fat by reducing the amount of insulin in the blood. Insulin removes surplus glucose from the blood and lowers the speed which you body burns fat.
Steaming is the best way to lock in the broccoli’s nutrients. Steam for a maximum of 5 minutes. The fibrous stems take longer to cook and can be prepared separately before adding the florets. Cut lengthwise along the stem for faster cooking. Also, the broccoli leaves are edible and nutrient dense.