Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vegetable of the Week: Broccoli

Broccoli at Desert Roots Farm
Of all the vegetables in the brassica family, broccoli has shown the highest levels of protection against prostate cancer. 

Broccoli comes in several varieties but the darker the color, the more beneficial nutrients in the vegetable contains. It contains sulphoraphane and indoles, which have strong anticancer effects, particularly against breast and colon cancer. Broccoli is also high in flavonoids, which have been linked with a significant reduction in ovarian cancer. The chemicals in broccoli protect against stomach ulcers, stomach and lunch cancers, and possibly skin cancer. They also act as a detoxifier, helping lower "bad" blood cholesterol, boosting the immune system, and protecting against cataracts. 

*Rich in a variety of nutrients that protect against types of cancer.
* Contains chemicals that help to lower "bad" cholesterol and protect against heart disease.
*Lutein and zeaxanthin help prevent macular degeneration.
*High calcium content helps build and protect bones.
*Excellent source of the antioxidants vitamin C and selenium.

Did you know?
You can eat the leaves of the broccoli as well as the stalks and florets. They contain as much goodness and taste great, too!

Practical Tips:
Look for heads rich with color and avoid any broccoli with pale, yellow or brown patches not the florets. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few days of purchase. Frozen broccoli con taints all the nutrients of fresh broccoli. Cook by lightly steaming or steam frying. 

Keep an eye out for the Recipe of the Week featuring Broccoli!

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