Who else called broccoli “little trees” when they were younger? 

I am a huge fan of Broccoli. I will admit I didn’t always enjoy the “little trees”. But over time it has become one of my favourite vegetables. The health benefits of this vegetable and the family they belong to are amazing and I am often prescribing broccoli as a vegetable to consume regularly.

A Bit about Broccoli and Cruciferous vegetables

🌳Broccoli is a Cruciferous vegetable from the Brassica family. Some other members of the family include: cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, turnips and bok choy.

🌳Cruciferous vegetables are rich source of the sulfur containing compounds glucosinolates. During digestion glucosinolate hydrolysis forms biologically active compounds: indoles and isothiocyanates.

🌳 Current research states a high dietary intake of cruciferous vegetables is beneficial in cancer prevention due to the byproducts indoles and isothiocyanates enhancing the elimination of carcinogens before they can damage DNA.

🌳 Also by inhibiting the development of some hormone sensitive cancers by altering the metabolism and activity of hormones like oestrogen.⠀

 WOW! That really is “Food as Medicine” 👏

 A tip to make sure your getting these amazing health benefits is to steam cook cruciferous vegetables for a short period of time rather than boil to decrease the loss of glucosinolates in the water. ⠀

Pictured below is a curry dish where I like to add the broccoli last and cover with a lid to steam cook. How do you like to eat broccoli?

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Enjoy 🙂

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