Food of The Week: Broccoli

27 Mar

Broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable, is known for it’s anticancer properties. It is very high in vitamins C, K and A, fiber and folate. Other nutrients present are calcium, potassium, magnesium and protein.

Broccoli contains many antioxidants and phytochemicals. Three of the most important are:

  • Isothiocyanates: Inhibit tumor growth and neutralize carcinogens
  • Indoles: Stimulate detoxification, protect DNA and increase “good” estrogen metabolites- protecting against breast cancer
  • Sulforaphane: Help fight carcinogens, reduce risk of prostate cancer.

The best way to eat broccoli is raw or by lightly sautéing. Steaming or thoroughly cooking reduces the nutrients present.

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