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Vegetable of the day – Broccoli

on March 15, 2012

“Broccoli is a plant in the cabbage family, whose large flower head is used as a vegetable.” “Indications point to the vegetable’s being known 2,000 years ago.” It originates from Europe and its use is still very common around here. Source
And you know when you were a kid and your parents forced you to eat green vegetables? Well probably broccoli was one of them. No wonder, because it’s a great source of vitamins, fibers and minerals. But be aware that if you boil it for more than 5 minutes it loses many of these things. It’s better if you steam it, because that way it keeps all the things. I would recommend steaming for about 15 minutes for the best taste.

So what are the benefits of broccoli?
– Protects body against viruses and infections;
– Prevents cancer;
– Repairs cells and DNA;
– Prevention of heart disease;
– Lowering cholesterol levels;
– Anti-Inflammatory benefits;

It contains:
– Carbohydrates;
– Water;
– Vitamin A;
– B-complex vitamins;
– Vitamin C (almost enough for a daily value!);
– Vitamin K;
– Calcium;
– Iron;
– Magnesium;
– Phosphorus;
– Potassium;
– Zinc;

Great source of information about broccoli: whfoods

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