Why You Should Give Broccoli Another Chance
We all remember that green, tree-looking vegetable growing up – the one we specifically left for last. Many of us probably remember being forced to finish every bite of that dreadful, plain steamed broccoli. What seemed to be the most avoided vegetable as a child (or even as an adult) is actually a super vegetable! Anything green is usually very good for you, but did you know that just 1 cup of broccoli provides over 100% of your DAILY needs of Vitamin C and Vitamin K? What other vegetable can give you over 100% of daily vitamins?
The best way to get full nutrients from broccoli is by steaming it. Eating broccoli raw is good too, but you won’t get a full value of nutrients. As it turns out, our parents weren’t trying to make us miserable by serving us steamed broccoli; they just wanted us to get a full serving of this super food! This green tree also helps with lowering cholesterol, has a strong positive impact on our detoxification system, and helps optimize levels of antioxidants in our blood!
Broccoli has numerous amounts of other health benefits. Cruciferous vegetables (such as kale, cauliflower, turnips, etc.) have been associated with lowering the risk of cancer, namely lung and colon. The sulfur-containing compound that gives them their bitter bite is what also gives them their supposed cancer-fighting power. Broccoli also contains folate, which has been shown to decrease the risk of breast, colon, and stomach cancer, to name a few.
Our parents weren’t trying to be cruel by forcing us to eat vegetables, especially broccoli. They were trying to help us have strong bones, protect our body from harmful diseases, and increase our daily intake of essential vitamins! Give broccoli another chance, and think of how much good it is doing for your body!