Broccoli The Superfood

We love adding to our list of superfoods and today Broccoli joins the list! (Try not to stick out your tongue in disgust). Broccoli is a part of the cruciferous family and is closely related to brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage.

Photo: Lars Plougmann

Not only is broccoli packed with fiber that reduces cholesterol levels in your body, it also contains a nutrient called kaempferol that reduces allergy reactions. Broccoli also contains glucoraphanin, which the body turns into sulforaphane, an anti-cancer compound. Helps to prevent cancer? Check. Fights allergies? Check. Lowers cholesterol? Check.

Still not convinced as to why broccoli is a superfood? Below, we list a couple more reasons why you should incorporate broccoli into your daily diet.

  • Broccoli contains large amounts of both Calcium and Vitamin K which are important to the health of your bones
  • Broccoli is a ‘good’ carb and has as much protein as a cup of rice with half the calories. It’s also high in fiber and prevents constipation and maintains low blood sugar
  • Broccoli prevents some damage done to blood vessel linings due to chronic blood sugar problems
  • Broccoli contains as much Vitamin C in one cup as an orange 
  • Did we mention that it is low in calories? A cup of chopped broccoli is just about 31 calories.

All this sounds good but is useless if you don’t know how to incorporate it into your diet. Broccoli is a great side dish and can be added to just about anything. Add it to your brown rice, fish, chicken or pasta! You’ll feel good knowing that you’re eating a vegetable packed with so many nutrients.

Chinese lemon chicken and broccoli

Photo: Ginny

Chicken marsala with steamed potatoes and steamed broccoli

Photo: jeffreyw

Learn how to cook broccoli 5 different ways here.

Tell us, what is your favorite dish to eat broccoli with?

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