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The Health Benefits of Broccoli

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Broccoli, an infamous vegetable, known for commonly being left on children’s dinner plates, is actually one of the most healthiest vegetable there is. Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family that includes brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and turnips. Broccoli contains many many nutrients including vitamin b6, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. The vegetable also has anti-inflammatory benefits which come from the sulphur compounds in broccoli. Therefore, if you are attempting to follow a healthier diet, broccoli should be a staple component of your diet due to the many nutrients it contains.

Although broccoli is not a favourite with young children, there are ways to get your children to eat broccoli without them being disgusted with the taste. One recipe idea is broccoli pesto, still extremely healthy, which contains only basil, olive oil, garlic, water and salt, but can make a big difference and change the flavour of the broccoli, and you never know, your child might really enjoy it. Another recipe idea could be making broccoli and chicken ravioli, disguising the broccoli in those delicious square parcels of goodness.
Additionally, the most amazing thing about broccoli has to be it’s anti cancer properties. This is because broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane, the bitter taste of broccoli, which has been found to stop the progression of colon and prostate cancer cells.

Another important vitamin that broccoli contains is folate and this has been found to lower the risk of breast cancer in women. Taking in the right amount dietary folate in food has also shown to help protect against stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancer. However, exactly how it does protect against these cancers is unknown but researchers think that the protective effects in folate have something to do with its role in DNA and RNA production and the prevention of unwanted mutations.

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