Broccoli; in my opinion this is one of the most ultimate vegetables out there. If your childhood was anything like mine, you tried to avoid this green vegetable whenever you could. Even President Bush senior said in 1992 that he would no longer eat broccoli since he became the President.
Love it or hate it, broccoli has some amazing benefits for the human body. Decades of scientific research has conclusively proved that the consumption of broccoli helps significantly with cancer prevention. Can you imagine that? A vegetable as simple as broccoli can actually help prevent cancer.
If cancer prevention is not enough of a reason to include broccoli nutrition into your daily diet, then don’t worry. Broccoli has a plethora of other reasons that almost force you to eat it.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, and like its cruciferous cousins, it is very rich in folate, the B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects. Can you imagine that? This small vegetable that is only 30 calories per raw cup can help prevent birth defects! That same cup of broccoli provides roughly 50mg of folate.
Folate also helps prevents high levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine (I’m not even sure how you pronounce it!) can some times build up to higher than normal levels. This can then lead to cardiovascular disease. That in itself is another amazing fact. Adding broccoli to your daily nutritonal consumption can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Broccoli also helps people build bones. Remember that 1 cup of broccoli, the one with only 30 calories? That same cup contains 41 mg of calcium and 79 mg of vitamin C. That’s not a huge amount of calcium, but it is a significant amount, especially when you compare broccoli with other foods that contain calcium.
Consider the king of calcium, and my personal favorite drink, milk. Milk contains more calcium (and it tastes really good!), but milk does not contain any vitamin C. That point right there is key, because of the fact that vitamin C helps absorb calcium. Also remember that 1 cup of broccoli is only 30 calories. Milk has way more calories than broccoli.
That right there is another reason to incorporate broccoli into your daily diet. I don’t think that you can consume all the necessary nutrition without including broccoli into your diet. There are so many other reasons that should prompt you to eat broccoli. I couldn’t possibly include all of that content and information here in this single article.
If you ever have trouble eating broccoli because it doesn’t taste good, then try dressing it up a little. You can search online for broccoli nutrition to find recipies and other creative ways to make this amazing vegetable taste good.