Most fruits and vegetables contain a large amount of minerals and vitamins that the body needs to maintain a healthy life.
Although there is a great variety, one of the most requested and that more than once a person has consumed is broccoli. The vegetable is characterized by its characteristic green color and the particular shape that resembles a tree.
This vegetable, originally from the Mediterranean, contains many nutrients ideal for a balanced diet and is one of the best known ingredients in Italian cuisine. However, its popularity grew when it was introduced to the US market in the 1920s.
Among the properties it retains inside, broccoli stands out for its great nutritional value and for the multiple benefits for the health of the organism, in particular for the bones, muscles and heart.
The Spanish newspaper ABC indicates that “it provides the body with vitamins (vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and B6, but above all a large amount of provitamin A, mainly in the form of beta-carotene), and minerals such as calcium, potassium, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
For its part, the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia states that “a 200-gram serving of broccoli additionally covers the daily requirement of vitamin C that an adult needs, as well as providing us with folic acid and vitamin A”.
Hidden properties of broccoli
In addition to its large number of minerals, this vegetable is also known for the antioxidants it contains. According to the MedlinePlus online encyclopedia, these substances can prevent or delay cell damage and are commonly found in some fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Elena Escudero, specialist in Internal Medicine and graduate in Clinical Nutrition, told the EFE Salud portal that “one of the foods par excellence against aging is broccoli, since they are a good source of minerals, they have almost no fat and antioxidant properties, as well as having a detoxifying effect on the liver “.
Including this vegetable in your diet can be conducive to detoxifying the body, protecting bones, and improving skin. Also, thanks to the amount of fiber it has, it can fight constipation.
Broccoli can generally be a perfect ingredient for salads that accompany the meal. However, it can also be consumed in other formats such as creams, smoothies, snacks or even a paste.
The most common way to prepare it is to steam it in a pot full of water. After a few minutes it is soft and ready to be consumed with a little salt and lemon.
Another quick way to cook this vegetable is to brown. To do this, you need to cut the broccoli into slices and put them in a pan with oil – preferably olive oil – with other ingredients such as carrots or mushrooms and season with salt and other spices.
Finally, another perfect alternative for cooking this vegetable is in the oven. In this case, just divide the vegetables, add oil and a pinch of salt. It can be served with meat, salad and some sauce.
Sources: La Vanguardia, ABC, MedlinePlus, EFE Salud.