Why Your Parents Made You Eat Broccoli: 8 Benefits - Rivertea Blog
Monica Munteanu | On 22, Jul 2013
Remember when you were little the last thing you wanted to eat for dinner was broccoli. You would pout and got threaten with not getting any dessert, so you made what felt like a sacrifice. We didn’t know any better back then, donuts seemed like a good enough meal, right?
As grown ups we’re aware of how important it is to finish our veggies and we’ve ended the battle with our long last enemy: the broccoli. Even more so, its flavour has grown on us. So, to reward ourselves, we have picked out 8 good things broccoli is contributing to our bodies and why we should continue making place for it on our plates.
1. Beauty cure
Let’s start with the one benefit that helps the outside. Broccoli is packed with anti-aging vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals, that aid to slowing down the aging process making you look younger. Also, thanks to a substance called glucoraphanin, it aids to your skin by mending the damage caused by the sun, thus leaving your skin detoxified. So, stack up your fridges, ladies!
2. Brain power
If you’ve got beauty, you need brains to match. Broccoli fixes that department as well. Due to the high amount of potassium it carries, it helps in keeping a healthy nervous system and brain function. Vitamin K enhances the cognitive funtions and improves brain power and it doesn’t stop there. People who eat broccoli have a better memory than those who don’t. If you have an exam coming up, you better go to the grocery store.
3. Diet master
If you’re looking to keep an eye on your weight these days, make sure you have broccoli around the house. It’s what they call a smart carb, because it’s high in fiber which helps your digestion, maintains low blood sugar and keeps you from overeating. A cup of chopped raw broccoli has about 30 calories. You can serve it as a main course or a snack in between meals as well, dip in it hummus for taste enhancement.
4. Bone builder
Everytime you eat broccoli, you strenghten your bones. You’d have to thank to the high amounts of calcium and vitamin K, which is fundamental in the production of osteocalcin, a type of protein found only in bone. This means you’ll have lower chances of fracturing or breaking you bones later in life and you diminish the risks of osteoporosis. You’ll be able to play football until you turn 80!
5. Cat eyes
Broccoli take care of almost every part of your body, including your eyes. Being a good source of vitamin A it helps form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision. Also, it can prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It will be years until you’ll have to worry about wearing glasses.
6. Detox King
You don’t have to spend the day at the spa or go on a juice fast to get cleansed. Broccoli contains special phytonutrients, such as glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin, that aid the body to go through all phases of the detox process. You organism you’ll thank you.
7. Immune protector
Among the plantey vitamins you can find in broccoli there is vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects your immune system and you from any unwanted bed rest. One cup of this vegetable provides the body with a lare dose of beta-caroten, that does wonders to you health. Also, to strenghten the body’s fight against diseases and attacks are the minerals zinc and selenium. No cold for you next winter!
8. Cancer fighter
One of broccoli’s super power is that it moves against cancer. Thanks to glucoraphanin, the body rids itself of H. pylori, a bacteria that has been known to cause gastric cancer. Furthermore, there’s need to mention indole-3-carbinol, the powerful antioxidant that helps prevent several types of the disease and also boosts liver functions.
As you can see, broccoli is like your own personal doctor. Now you probably understand why your parents insisted on this vegetable so much. Well, stock up your fridge and start cooking as soon as possible. And sign up to our blog, we’re going to return with some awsome recipes with broccoli as the main ingredient.
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