We all know we should eat our broccoli, but do you know why? Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family. This plant family contains other vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. A whole host of beneficial properties can be found in this group of vegetables. One of these properties is a phytochemical called sulforaphane, which has been shown in numerous studies to have many anti-cancer properties and to help prevent bacterial overgrowth of the stomach lining.
Broccoli is very high in antioxidants and contains many vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, C, chromium and folate. Broccoli is also a very good source of vitamin B2, B6, E, A, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, copper and choline. It has been shown in studies to reduce inflammation (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/10-day-broccoli-consumption-has-significant-effect-inflammatory-status-young), and to reduce LDL cholesterol (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/evidence-two-independent-human-studies-indicates-consumption-high).
Try adding some cruciferous vegetables to your diet today to take advantage of the wonderful health benefits they provide. Farm Girl Fresh has created some great recipes (Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Asparagus Broccoli, Italian Salad and Veggie Pizza are just a few recipes on our site) to help you incorporate broccoli into your diet. It can be as simple as enjoying some raw broccoli florets for your daily snack.
More recipes can be found in our book Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®.