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Six reasons to love broccoli

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It’s green. It’s good for us. It tastes yummy whether it’s steamed or sautéed. If you need a few more reasons to love broccoli….

  1. Lowers the risk of cancer – Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. These veggies have been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells for tumors in the breast, colon, lung, liver, and cervix. Studies have shown that people who have diets high in cruciferous vegetables are less likely to develop prostrate cancer.
  1. Reduces inflammation – Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol which is an anti-inflammatory compound. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on the body.
  1. Powerful Antioxidant Compared to other cruciferous veggies, broccoli has the most concentrated source of vitamin C. You’ll also find carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene in broccoli – which are other antioxidants.
  1. Bone strength – The high levels of both calcium and vitamin K found in broccoli make it a good choice for bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis.
  1. Detoxification – If you want to give your body a helping hand when it comes to removing toxins, then be sure to eat a good amount of broccoli. This veggie contains the perfect combination of glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin – all special phytonutrients that assist with eliminating unwanted contaminants.
  1. Diet Aid – The high amount of fibre in broccoli assists with digestion, helps to keep you regular and assists with maintaining low blood sugar.

Did you know?

A cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn, with half the calories!

Check out Zoe’s delicious Broccoli Soup recipe in That Sugar Book or add pieces of steamed broccoli to your summer salads!

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