Jul 11, 2017

The mighty power of midget trees!

The humble broccoli. A staple vegetable of many a family’s dinner table and an almost guaranteed ‘one of the two’ in your meat and two veg.

It is packed full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and detoxifying micronutrients. It offers high levels of the all-important, immune system-boosting vitamin C as well as bone-strengthening vitamin K.

Folate, which plays a strategic role in regulating cell growth and reproduction can also be found in this genuine superfood. Furthermore, it’s also packed with glucosinolate compounds, such as sulforaphane and glucoraphanin which, while making no sense to the layman, actually help to fight cancer.

By reducing inflammation, eating broccoli could also help lower the risk of stroke and heart disease…

One cup of broccoli contains:

    Only 30 calories
    205% of your daily value of vitamin C
    194% of Vitamin K
    5 grams of fibre

And there’s more good news for this tasty and tender family favourite.

Researchers have identified an antioxidant - richly occurring in broccoli - as a new antidiabetic substance.

In a patient study, where the objective was to find new medications against type-2 diabetes,  participants who ate broccoli extract with high levels of sulforaphane showed significantly lower blood sugar levels by addressing an important disease mechanism: the liver's elevated glucose production. The classic diabetes drug metformin works in exactly the same way. It seems the mighty green vegetable has just added yet another natural benefit to its already impressive list.

It doesn’t take much for us to label something as a superfood these days but, in this case, it really is!

However, chefs beware! Broccoli is also a vegetable that can suffer at the hands of over cooking; the longer you cook it for, the more nutrients you wave good-bye to.  The secret to locking in broccoli’s goodness is to steam it for a couple of minutes at the most and enjoy it with natural “bite”. This means it is great to add to summer salads in addition to your usual roast dinner line up.

Need some broccoli recipe inspiration? Why not have a look at our recipe section to see what healthy delights you could whip up?

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