Ancient History of Broccoli
Broccoli is a cruciferous food related to Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and arugula, to name just a few. In recorded history, broccoli dates as far back as the Roman Empire, where it gained great popularity in the cuisine of the Mediterranean. Its origins are believed to date over 2000 years ago to approximately 700 BCE. Broccoli arrived in the US via Italian immigrants, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that it began to gain popularity.
Today it’s found on tables the world over, from Asia to North America, and is one of the most popular green leafy veggies!
The Latest Research
Broccoli’s ability to inhibit three main problems in the body is unprecedented among green veggies: the anti-immune, oxidative stress and detoxification responses. The sulforaphane content in broccoli has cardiovascular benefits according to one study. In other studies, broccoli has been demonstrated to protect against a number of cancers, including bladder, pancreatic and ovarian, to name just a few! Its rich content of phytochemicals such as isothiocyanate and suforaphane have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer-causing cells. Consuming cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli has also been found to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Benefits in Brief
Broccoli ranks among superfoods for its wealth of nutrients. There’s a reason your parents always said, “Eat your broccoli!” While extremely low in calories, broccoli packs a powerful punch with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants such as lutein, quercetin and beta-carotene, and folates.
Rich in the minerals iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, chromium, magnesium and selenium, broccoli is also an abundant resource of vitamins C, A, K and B-complex compounds. It has no cholesterol or fat, except for the healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Delicious Juice Recipes With Broccoli
Carrot Broccoli Power!
Broccoli Grape Fantasia!
- 1 Apple
- 1 pint Grapes – preferably Concord
- 2 cups Broccoli
- 2 leaves fresh Basil
- 1 slice fresh Jalapeno