Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, related to cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale
(yeah… these are all really healthy!). Why should you care though? Well, let’s just put it this way- these vegetables have sulfur compounds which have been shown to prevent cancer tumor growth.
Check out this study from Oregon State University:
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2007/may/eat-your- broccoli-study- finds-strong- anti-cancer-properties- cruciferous-veggies
Besides fighting cancer, broccoli is high in a number of nutrients including vitamins C, K and iron and potassium. Broccoli is also a decent source of calcium- 40 mg in one cup raw isn’t bad for the plant world! One cup of raw broccoli has only about 30 calories and 2.5 grams of fiber.
The best way to prepare it?
Well, any way you will eat it! If cooking, try lightly steaming or sautéing to preserve the nutrients. If you have a thyroid disorder, go more for cooked broccoli since raw can aggravate thyroid issues in large amounts.
Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D.
Besides being a member of the 614Fitness community, Liz is a Registered Dietitian and staff dietitian at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has published numerous articles on diet and appears often on local television.