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Why You Should Eat Broccoli

07 September, 2017 / by Joyce and Colleen

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®.

3 Comments

  1. Christy Wordes September 7, 2017 4:19 pm

    We love broccoli but can never seem to win the battle against the tiny green worms! They are all over the place and eventually we give up.. Any proven tips that are chemical free? Thank you – love the recipes!

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    • Joyce and Colleen September 19, 2017 10:35 am

      We contacted our local CSA farmer for more information on controlling these tiny green worms.

      So the insect that does damage on cabbage and broccoli (also brussels sprouts and cauliflower) is a cabbage looper. The life cycle goes like this: pupae live either on debris left in the garden or on host plants over the winter. In spring, the pupae morph into cabbage moths (the little white butterflies that you have probably seen around the garden). They lay eggs on plants in the brassica family (plants listed above), eggs hatch into tiny caterpillars called cabbage loopers. Loopers grow larger, eventually metamorphose into pupae and the cycle starts again. Depending on if the loopers are controlled their can be a couple of these cycles per season.

      Preventative things:
      Clean up debris in gardens
      Plant other plants that attract predators of loopers or eggs (parsley, dill, fennel, coriander/cilantro) – we let some of these herbs go to flower as the flowers are especially attractive to beneficials)
      Encourage birds that will eat loopers
      Cover young plants with a floating row cover to prevent moths from laying eggs on plants when young. When plants get large enough to grow past the damage, much of the annoyance of loopers is aesthetic and finding worms in the crop.
      Treatment:
      Pick loopers off plants – scout often
      You can order predatory insects that eat the eggs (trichogramma wasps) – this can get pricey
      This is definitely the worst pest on broccoli and almost impossible to never have them in your garden. 🙂

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  2. Denise beckel September 17, 2017 9:38 pm

    I love hearing ideas for healthy eating!!

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