I’m aware that broccoli is not such an interesting subject so I thought really hard and Googled a lot to help me come up with something funny and attention grabbing to start off this post. Because I really want people to read it! I personally love broccoli and I know lots of people who love it, too, but I also know lots of people who don’t care for it. I don’t get them at all! And I’m really happy that I like broccoli and eat it all the time because it’s very, very good for you. Which is why I wanted to get lots of people to read this- okay, also because of my ego- but really, I want everyone to know about the incredible health benefits of broccoli. It’s inexpensive, easy to prepare, and good for you. What more could you ask from a vegetable? Here’s what you should know about the health benefits of broccoli:
1. It’s an immune system booster
Broccoli is full of antioxidants, which are crucial for a strong immune system. Broccoli is high in vitamin C, which you need lots of during cold and flu season. In fact, one cup of broccoli has as much vitamin C as one orange.
2. It can prevent cancer
3. It’s good for your skin
The vitamins and minerals in broccoli give you healthy, glowing skin.
4. It’s great for eye health
Broccoli contains nutrients that prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Those nutrients may also help repair damage caused by constant exposure to our screens.
5. It’s good for your bones
The high content of calcium and vitamin K is important for healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis.
6. It’s important for heart health
The anti-inflammatory properties in broccoli, as well as its high fiber content help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
7. It’s great for digestive health
Since broccoli is high in fiber it helps your digestion running smoothly.
8. It’s great for detox
The fiber in broccoli helps eliminate toxins through the digestive tract, but there are elements in broccoli that help the whole body detox, even at the genetic level.
9. It’s a great diet food
If you’re watching your weight, eating broccoli will help keep your blood sugar steady, which should prevent cravings and overeating. Broccoli even contains a significant amount of protein, which, along with the fiber will keep you feeling full and satisfied longer.
Pretty awesome, right? And I get that just knowing something is good for you isn’t always enough to get you to eat it. But maybe you’ve never had really good broccoli, so you don’t know yet how much you love it! Did you ever try roasting it? Cut broccoli into florets and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 400° for about 20 minutes and eat it up!