Several Reasons To Include Broccoli In Your Diet

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I’ve been trying to include Healthy Eating in my lifestyle for years but since getting my cancer diagnosis I’ve been trying even harder!

I’ve spent hours researching what foods are most nutritious and I’ve written blogposts about some of them:

My 5 favourite superfoods

But I seem to have overlooked writing anything about BROCCOLI which is bursting with

Iron

Magnesium

Folic Acid

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

and more.

According to Huffpost, broccoli has a unique combination of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and pro-detoxification components that make it a superfood worth eating. 

Kathleen Barnes is a passionate natural health advocate, author, writer and publisher who has devoted nearly 40 years to educating the public about healthy living. In her article 12 Reasons to Eat Your Broccoli she suggests that broccoli may be the single biggest health protector in the vegetable world.

Alison Hornby, a dietitian writing for the NHS Choices website, expresses a more cautious view about the benefits of eating broccoli but nevertheless gives the vegetable a thumbs up.

Broccoli may not live up to the hype, but nevertheless it contains many nutrients, such as folate, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamins C and A, and calcium, which are needed for numerous functions in the body, writes Alison.

Nicola Shubrook at the BBC Good Food website is in no doubt that broccoli is good for you. She provides some interesting recipes which are useful if you don’t like the taste of broccoli and want to disguise it.

Steak & broccoli protein pots
Sesame salmon, purple sprouting broccoli & sweet potato mash
Poached eggs with broccoli, tomatoes & wholemeal flatbread
Wholewheat pasta with broccoli & almonds
Stir-fried chicken with broccoli & brown rice.

I don’t bother adding broccoli to other dishes. I want to keep as many nutrients as possible. I don’t like eating broccoli raw so I plunge it into boiling water for five minutes, strain and leave it in its own steam for a further five minutes. That way it’s slightly softened but still firm and bursting with benefits!

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