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Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Endless Health Benefits Of Broccoli
People have given broccoli a bad name for far too long. When these small, green flower heads are on the plate, people would usually put them on the edge of the plate, not even looking at it. That’s too bad, really: This green, tree-like vegetable contains a lot of health benefits that could help improve overall health with regular consumption.
Broccoli (Brassica oleracea, Brassicaceae) is a relative of wild cabbage. In particular, the northern and western coasts of the Mediterranean sea have been abundant in wild cabbages for thousands of years. During this time, different variations appeared, including Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and – of course – broccoli.
It’s easy to recognize broccoli: It has a thick stalk and densely-packed flower heads, resembling little trees – which are all edible. The most common types are green broccoli, but purple broccoli exists, as well as those which are greenish-yellow and develop into conical shapes.
Despite broccoli being a low-calorie vegetable, the tree-like veggie packs a lot of nutrients. It contains the same amount of protein as a cup of rice, with a third of the calories. It’s also rich in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as folate and soluble fiber.
When consumed, broccoli can be used to treat diseases stemming from nutrient deficiency. These include xerophthalmia (the abnormal dryness of the eyes caused by a lack of vitamin A), infantile scurvy (a disease rooted on vitamin C deficiency), and anemia (a condition caused by folate deficiency). Based on a study, people who consumed 200 g of broccoli daily for seven days showed an increase in the carotenoid lutein and vitamin E. (MORE)