Saturday, February 13, 2010
Today I decided to highlight my favorite vegetable- BROCCOLI! I haven't mentioned food at all because Jen is a genius in that subject, and does an AMAZING job at it in her blog- http://www.huntitgatheritworkit.blogspot.com/. Today however, I'm going to delve into the subject and talk a little bit about broccoli. Broccoli is the superhero of the vegetable kingdom. Looking for a vitamin C fix? Make a beeline for the broccoli. Are your potassium stores low? Partner up with broccoli. Is fiber on your shopping list? Bring home the broccoli. Need an iron boost? Look no further than broccoli. This hearty, tasty vegetable is rich in dozens of nutrients. In fact, it packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. Broccoli's noteworthy nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fiber. Because of its impressive nutritional profile that includes phytochemicals, (specifically indoles and aromatic isothiocynates) broccoli may be responsible for boosting certain enzymes that help to detoxify the body. These enzymes help to prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Remember to always eat the WHOLE broccoli, the leaves and the stalk have just as much nutrients in them as the florets. Actually, most of the fiber in broccoli is found in the stalk! In closing, I thought Dana Carvey could tell you about one way to prepare this tasty veggie. Happy eating!