Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family that also includes the cauliflower.
Its large, flowering head is typically eaten and it may be eaten raw, boiled or steamed.
It is a rich source of numerous nutrients.
The nutrients in broccoli include the following carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, fat and protein
It also includes Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, E and K.
Trace minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and Zinc.
Broccoli is also a rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
It also has potential anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.
Diindolylmethane has the potential to provide anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.
A compound glucoraphanin, also found in broccolis can be turned into an anti-cancer compound sulforaphane.
The processing method of broccoli greatly reduces its nutritional properties so it is best eaten raw.
Photo by Mister GC. Published on 18 January 2013
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