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Broccoli

Broccoli is widely recognized as a super star food, and was #1 on the list of good foods to eat by the National Cancer Association. Its nutrient composition is dynamic and broccoli should be regularly in nearly everyone’s diet.

Broccoli is part of the cabbage family related closely to cauliflower. Originally grown in Italy by the Romans, it now grows throughout the world.

All 10 of the body’s healing zones are protected by broccoli’s phtyochemicals – it is a life-extending superstar helping protect against cancer and cardiovascular disorders while nourishing all body tissue and organs.

Its sulforaphane antioxidants are attributed as the main nutrients distinguishing broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. They are believed to bind with toxins and flush them from the body before they do damage.

Other good cruciferous vegetables include brussel sprouts, kale and carrots).

Carotenes, important antioxidants, are also abundant in broccoli. As are sulfur compounds that help detox your blood and regulate sugar levels.

Raw broccoli is best and makes an excellent snack. When you see it, eat it. A cupful has under 50 calories. And this same serving packs more vitamin C than a cup of orange juice. Ounce for ounce it provides as much calcium as cow’s milk.

Surprisingly, it also provides many protein amino acids good for your body and your brain.

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Broccolo, its Italian name, means “cabbage sprout.” Because of its different components, broccoli provides a range of tastes and textures, from soft and flowery (the floret) to fibrous and crunchy (the stem and stalk). Do not let the smell of the sulfur compounds that are released while cooking keep you away from this highly nutritious vegetable.

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This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Broccoli provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source.

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