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Raw green broccoli: Facts and health benefits

Sun Online Desk     15th September, 2017 09:32:02 printer

Raw green broccoli: Facts and health benefits



Raw green broccoli taste as good as sautéed ones when used in salads. And it has numerous health benefits. In fact, broccoli is listed among the top healthy foods in the world. Raw broccoli is rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients. Hence, the green vegetable has several healing properties. According to experts, its daily intake keeps the body healthy and helps to prevent cancer and other fatal diseases.


15 facts on Broccoli and its health benefits according to studies


Broccoli is a dark green and sturdy flowering vegetable


Its botanical name is Brassica


Broccoli, some say,  means arms or branch as the green vegetable looks like a tiny tree


It belongs to the cabbage family. Both its flower and stem can be eaten raw


It makes for a quick steamy dish and was once a popular food in ancient Romans


The green vegetable has zero fat content, hence it is a good weight control food


Its raw form is a good source of Vitamin C, A, B-6 and dietary fibre


Broccoli has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and helps in detoxification of toxic matter in the body


It also has a promising chemical – sulforaphane, a naturally occurring compound found in a cruciferous vegetable


The above properties help to prevent cancer and other serious health problems


Broccoli protects the skin cell membranes and slows the ageing process

It prevents ultraviolet radiation damage


Experts advise intake of half a cup broccoli per day


Eating green broccoli three to four times a day can reduce the risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases


Eating broccoli sprouts may help diabetes patients manage their blood sugar level


Best way to have broccoli


Have it raw, sautéed or steam it. Do not boil. Raw and steamed broccoli retains its nutrients better


Steam it for not more than five minutes, as extended steaming may destroy the nutritional properties


Wash it well and use it in salads or mix vegetables dishes


Remember, cooking may destroy some of its good nutrients