Vegetables have an impressive way of offering widespread benefits to your health, and broccoli is no exception. When you eat broccoli, you're getting dozens, maybe even hundreds, of nutrients that support optimal, body-wide health.
Man-made substances just can't compare, and that's why, if you take just one piece of advice away from your childhood, make it this one: eat your broccoli!
The benefits of broccoli are seemingly endless.
The 'Secret' Way to Enhance the Health Benefits of Broccoli
I call it secret because so many people believe that the only way to eat broccoli is after it's been roasted or steamed. Not so, as broccoli can also be enjoyed raw or even 'tender-crisp' – which is one of the best ways to protect its nutrient levels. However, an even better way to get the health benefits of broccoli is by eating its sprouts.
Best of all, you can grow broccoli sprouts at home quite easily and inexpensively. Another major benefit is that you don't have to cook them. They are eaten raw, usually as an addition to salad, making them a super-healthy convenience food!
Broccoli Is Only One 'Superstar' Veggie
There's no doubt that broccoli is a vegetable you should strive to eat frequently, but like most foods, if you eat it too often you may grow tired of it or even develop an aversion to it. Fortunately, you don't have to because there are so many vegetables to choose from that you can't possibly get tired of them..
The best recommendation is to eat a variety of vegetables each day. My Recommended Vegetables List provides a guide to the most nutritious vegetables and those to limit due to their high carbohydrate content. You can also get creative with how you consume them, alternating whole vegetables with freshly prepared vegetable juice and fermented vegetables.
You could also add some raw broccoli or broccoli sprouts, asparagus, garlic, tomatoes, celery, parsley, spinach, zucchini and so on. The key is to branch out beyond plain lettuce. Of course, you can also get creative with your recipes.