5 Health Benefits of Broccoli
Moringa, chaga mushrooms, maqui berries and cassava flour all have two things in common, other than the fact you can eat them. First, you probably haven’t heard of them. Second, they are all found on this list of Super Food Trends for 2018.
If there’s a truly 21st century phenomenon, it is the emergence of ‘super’ foods. Each new year seems to bring with it a new ‘trend’ in super foods that we all faithfully add to our diet in hopes that we’ll be ‘super’ healthy.
But it’s not like quinoa, production of which has spiked 400% in the 2000s versus increasing only 38% in the 40 years before 2000, and other relatively recent additions to the ‘super’ group, like kale, just showed up out of nowhere. They, like just about every other fruit and vegetable we humans eat, have been cultivated for thousands of years.
One of the problems that marketing terms like ‘super food’ creates is that it can create the impression that anything not included in the group may be, somehow, less than ‘super’.
And one of our favourite foods here at Fit Food might suffer that fate.
Regardless of the criteria for getting into the superfood club, broccoli exceeds them.
1. Linked to Cancer Prevention
Broccoli’s estrogen-depleting properties makes it especially effective at helping to prevent the onset of breast and uterine cancer.
2. Lowers Cholesterol
In addition to having lots of it, the fibre in broccoli actually helps flush cholesterol out of your system.
3. Reducing Allergic Reactions and Inflammation
Brocolli contains kaempferol, which helps mitigate the impact of allergy triggers, and omega-3 fatty acids and sulforaphane that help alleviate or prevent inflammation.
4. Antioxidant Power
Starting with higher vitamin C levels than oranges, broccoli boasts some powerful antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.
5. Makes Your Skin Healthier
Not only does broccoli improve your skin’s glow, broccoli’s minerals and nutrients, including copper and zinc, vitamin K and folates, help to protect it from infection.
If you want to add more broccoli to your diet, in healthy meals prepared just for you, ask your Fit Food Nutrition Concierge about dishes like Beef & Vegetable Pie and Steak & Mash with Broccoli.