The Health Benefit of Broccoli + Recipes

broccoli benefits

Broccoli was once avoided like the plague when we were kids, but now we know about the amazing benefits of this vitamin-dense vegetable. Let’s check out a few reasons why broccoli is awesome, along with some easy-to-make broccoli recipes featuring our favorite nutrient-rich vegetable.

Broccoli’s name comes from the Italian word “Broccolo”, which means a “cabbage sprout”.

Yet, the broccoli that we know and love today cannot be found in the wild. It’s a human invention derived from the wild cabbage plant Brassica oleracea. (Try saying that three times really fast!) It was carefully bred over 2,000 years ago by ancient farmers, where it eventually reached Rome and was adopted almost immediately.

Italian writer and naturalist Pliny the Elder documented the rise of broccoli in Roman times. Apparently, Drusius, the son of Roman Emperor Tiberius, loved broccoli so much that he abandoned other foods. He reportedly gorged on broccoli for a month, and when his urine turned bright green, his father scolded him for “living precariously.”

Broccoli is a fiber-rich, dark green vegetable packed with essential nutrition. It is loaded with antioxidants, chlorophyll, and other beneficial nutrients, making it truly deserving of its superfood status.

Let’s find out why this vegetable is so awesome, along with a few great broccoli recipes we can try!

Weight Loss

Of course! Broccoli is only 34 calories per serving. The combination of fiber and low calories makes it an excellent food to eat while maintaining or losing weight. Plus, it can bulk up a meal instead of a high-calorie carb and still keep you satisfied.

Recipe: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

A mixture of basil, toasted pine nuts and Parmesan makes a flavorful topping for this delicious oven-roasted broccoli. Check out this delicious recipe from the Food Network over here.

Cancer Prevention

Broccoli shares cancer-fighting and immune-boosting properties with other vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Research shows that broccoli is highly suitable for preventing breast and uterus cancer.

Recipe: Keto Broccoli Salad

Can keto lovers enjoy broccoli? Absolutely! Find out why this is one of the most popular broccoli recipes of all time from Delish. And we think this recipe will blow your mind.

Boosts Immunity

Guess what? Broccoli contains loads of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. In supplement form, it may also help reduce the symptoms of the common cold and shorten the time a cold lasts.

Recipe: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What a cozy meal this time of year! This broccoli soup is one of those recipes that feels totally indulgent and delicious, while actually being made with great ingredients! Check out these broccoli recipes from The Clean Eating Couple.

One More Thing

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