Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Broccoli... easy to grow, good to eat, and full of benefits...

Do you like broccoli? 
We love this vegetable... it is pretty easy to grow... 
And after we harvest the main 'crown', the smaller 'crowns' keep popping up and we get to continue enjoying the vegetable...
Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, and is high on dietary fiber...
Broccoli also contains multiple nutrients that have potential anti-cancer properties...
Furthermore, broccoli possesses the highest levels of carotenoids among its 'cousins' in the brassica family...

Lutein is one of those carotenoid compounds found in broccoli... and this stuff is good for the eyes...

Broccoli is also an excellent source of a chemical called indole-3-carbinol... this chemical apparently helps to repair our damaged DNA cells...
Now, how to cook the veggie... boiling the broccoli supposedly reduces the benefits of the anti-cancer compounds, with reductions of of 20 to 30% after 5 minutes, 40 to 50% after 10 minutes, and 70% after 30 minutes...

As with many other vegetables, steaming is recommended so as to maximize the benefits of the potential anti-cancer compounds....