Broccoli Facts -- Why is Broccoli Good for You?

Broccoli facts reveal that this stately vegetable is far more than attractive. There is a wide array of powerful broccoli health benefits, especially in the realm of cancer prevention.

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This is a good question about broccoli nutrition. Broccoli has powerful anti-cancer qualities that research shows may help prevent and even cure, cancer. However, don’t wait until you are diagnosed with cancer to start gobbling up the health benefits of broccoli! Here are some broccoli nutrition facts for you to chew on.

The Nutritional Value of Broccoli

Broccoli and other members of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae) such as cabbage, kale and cauliflower are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and cancer fighting phytonutrients.

Here are some nutritional broccoli facts.

One cup of steamed broccoli provides twice the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, almost twice the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K and 45% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A, plus B vitamins and folic acid.

A single cup of broccoli is also high in fiber and provides other nutrients such as protein and important minerals including manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, zinc and various essential amino acids including tryptophan.

The above broccoli nutrition facts do not include the little know, but vitally important array of various phytochemicals that are anticarcinogens— powerful cancer fighters.

To get the most health benefits of broccoli, do not boil it. Rather, steam or stir-fry it until it is tender-tough.

If you think that broccoli is boring, here are two new broccoli recipes for you to try. Simply click on the pictures to view the recipes or right click to download them.

On the left is the tasty Broccoli Bacon Salad and pictured on the right is Broccoli Pine Nut Soup.
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How to Steam Broccoli

The best way to steam broccoli is to invest a small amount of money into a collapsible steamer that neatly fits inside a medium to large cooking pot. Place about one cup of water into the pot or more, depending on size. Make sure that the water does not reach the steamer. There should be enough water to boil and make steam, but not enough water to touch the broccoli in the steamer. If there is so much water that it reaches the broccoli, you will be boiling away the health benefits of the broccoli! Add the metal steamer to the pot and then place the cut broccoli heads and peeled stems in the steamer. Bring the water to a boil and cook for approximately 10 minutes on medium high heat until the broccoli can be easily pierced with a fork.

Other Broccoli Related Vegetables

The health benefits of broccoli are not exclusive to this vegetable alone. Kale, cauliflower and even cabbage are similar to that of broccoli. Again, stir fry, steam, or eat these vegetables raw to get the most nutrients.

An easy way to enjoy kale’s nutrients is to make Kale Chips.

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).

2. Brush both sides of the curly kale leaves with olive oil and place in baking pan.

3. Sprinkle the leaves with your favorite desired seasonings such as lemon peper, garlic powder, dehydrated onion, or other herbs and spices.

4. Place baking pan in the oven for 8 minutes.

5. Remove the pan and turn the kale leaves over.

6. Return to oven for another 4-6 minutes until the leaves are black.

Your crispy kale leaves will be both brittle and tasty!

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