Broccoli belongs to the same family as cauliflower and cabbage – Cruciferae family. The flower heads are the edible portion of Broccoli and they are harvested while still green in color.

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The pungent odor developed while cooking broccoli is due to the chemical and enzymatic reactions of sulphur present in it. It can be eaten in raw or steamed form to retain most of its nutrients intact.

Nutrient Content

Broccoli is rich in the following key nutrients:

  •  Vitamin – Vit A, Vit C, folic acid
  •  Minerals – Potassium
  •  Phytochemicals – sulforaphane
  •  Carotenoid – Beta carotene
  •  Calcium
  •  Fibre

It is also said to be have anti-cancer compounds and antioxidants.

Health Benefits

The following are the health benefits offered by broccoli:

  •  Prevents cancer – recommended by the American Cancer Society
  •  Inhibits tumors caused by carcinogens
  •  Prevents macular degeneration in the eyes
  •  Strengthens the immune system
  •  Prevents heart disease
  •  Helpful in preventing stroke

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