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Broccoli Nutrition Facts and Unique Health Benefits

By Rob Poulos...

Forget what you thought about broccoli as a kid, the health benefits of broccoli far outweigh any childhood notions of this cruciferous vegetable. When cooked properly broccoli is tasty and packed with nutrients that aid fat loss.

Broccoli is pretty inexpensive, healthy and versatile which makes it a great fat burning food to incorporate into your diet ASAP.

About Broccoli

In recent years broccoli has become more widely acknowledged for its many health benefits, stemming from the loads of nutrients in every bite. Whether you steam them or stir-fry them, your fat burning efforts will be enhanced by adding broccoli to your diet.

Just 1 cup of chopped broccoli has only 31 calories, making it easy for you to eat healthy while still losing weight. But broccoli isn’t just low in calories; it also has no fat and no cholesterol so you can eat it without worrying about how much work will be required to burn it off.

One of the most sought after health benefits of broccoli is its fat burning capacity, which comes from the relatively high amounts of fiber (9%) and protein (5%). Because our bodies work harder to process these, they burn more calories which spells fat loss.

Broccoli has extremely high amounts of vitamin C and potassium, which is necessary for a healthy functioning body. Vitamin K is also found in abundance (92.5 mcg) in broccoli, which is a vitamin that could save your life against blood clots.

There are so many positive broccoli nutrition facts that you’re getting more nutrients than even you know!

Health Benefits of Broccoli

So how do all these nutrients provide you with good health?

For starters the large amounts of vitamin C in broccoli helps your body absorb iron to guard against illnesses that include anemia. Vitamin C also acts as an immune booster, helping you fight symptoms of the common cold.

The calcium in broccoli helps keep bones strong against degradation, while the potassium in broccoli can decrease blood pressure, something all of us losing weight can use. Broccoli is also known to have cancer-fighting properties due to glucoraphanin, which gets processed into the body as sulforaphane.

Heart disease is something that many of us are at risk of, especially if you’re carrying around excess fat, and broccoli can decrease that risk by preventing your arteries from thickening. The folate and vitamin B6 can also help reduce your risk of a heart attack and stroke.

One of the most appealing health benefits of broccoli is that it’s satisfying enough to help you avoid overeating. When combined with the low calorie count and the fact that broccoli helps you burn more calories, it all spells greater fat burning.

Fat Burning Broccoli Recipes

The best method of cooking broccoli to retain many of its health benefits is steaming. Steaming brings out the best in the fiber, allowing your body to work more efficiently to break it down.

Lemon Broccoli Pasta: Boil ½ cup whole wheat elbow macaroni as box indicates. Steam 1 cup of chopped broccoli until done, about 8 minutes. Toss pasta with 3 chopped scallions and the juice and zest of 1 lemon. 137 calories per serving, recipe makes 1 serving.

Baked Broccoli & Vegetables: Place 1 cup chopped broccoli, 1 small chopped sweet potato and ½ chopped yellow bell pepper and 2 garlic cloves on a large baking sheet in 1 layer. Toss with ½ tablespoon olive oil and chili pepper. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Roast at 400° F for 15-25 minutes or until tender. 205 calories per serving, recipe makes 1 serving.

Now you know how beneficial broccoli is to your health, its time to add it to your diet!

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