Mar 1, 2010

Soule Restaurant's Food Facts: Brocolli

Years ago, broccoli was generally THE vegetable. The one that had to be eaten with a screw-face and pinched nose.

Why the bad rap?

Broccoli is delicious. And who was the genius who thought to pair it with cheddar cheese and top baked potatoes? I lie prostrate at your feet, great sir/ma’am.

Broccoli appears to have gained popularity among all age groups. It is now one of the best-selling vegetables in the United States.

Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, calcium and folic acid, broccoli also contains as much vitamin C as an orange!

Because broccoli is nutrient- dense with low caloric cost, body builders tend to make it a necessary addition to their diets. Eaten with red meat for protein, the vitamin C from the broccoli helps to maximize the body’s absorption of iron.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University recently discovered a compound in broccoli that prevents the development of tumors by 60% and reduces the size of developed tumors by 75%. Broccoli boosts the immune system, lowers the incidence of cataracts, supports cardiovascular health, builds bones and fights birth defects.

Whether you try it stir fried in teriyaki, or in garlic sauce, with baked potatoes and cheddar cheese, or even just raw in a salad. You won’t be disappointed and your body will thank you!

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