Some people say this does not come under the vegetable category, it comes under only the flower category. But the fact is this comes under the vegetable category. That vegetable’s name is Broccoli. This green vegetable looks like a cauliflower, that’s why many people are thinking this is a flower. Broccoli vegetable is based on the cabbage family (family Brassicaceae, genus Brassica). This green edible plant outer structure is flowering head, stalk and with tiny leaves.

Food is an important thing for all living things in this world. Energy is a most needed one for doing any action, all living things are feeding energy to their body by consuming food. Food is based on the group of Fruit and vegetables, starchy food, dairy, protein and fat. Most people like to add so many vegetables and fruits in their daily food. Vegetables are playing a vital role in human health. There are so many vegetables in this world, each and every vegetable having nutrition and energy. In this article, We will see in depth about one vegetable providing so many health benefits to the human being.

Types of Broccoli

  • Calabrese 
  • Di Cicco 
  • Belstar
  • Destiny
  • Sprouting . 
  • Burgundy
  • Santee
  • Chinese . 
  • Big Boy . 
  • Crispy Blue . 
  • Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)
  • Spigariello Liscia . 
  • Romanesco
  • Orbit Romanesco .

Colors of Broccoli

Mostly broccoli is green, but some other different colors are available in this world, they are white, yellow, yellow-orange, purple, or light purple and mauve pink.

Nutrition of Broccoli

Naturally raw broccoli is loaded with a rich amount of water(90%).

Broccoli contains a very low amount of:

  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Carbs
  • Fiber
  • Fat
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate

Each broccoli also contains a little amount of 

  • Potassium. 
  • Magnesium. 
  • Iron. 
  • Calcium.

Health Benefit Of Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with so many health benefits. People who are regularly adding it in their diet, they are getting so many health benefits in their daily life. Lets see one by one in the section below. 

Good for bone health

Calcium is an important mineral to make strong bones. Most of the calcium minerals present in the bones and teeth of the human body. The body also requires vitamin C to produce collagen. Both are present more in the broccoli.

Vitamin K has a great role in blood coagulation,so some health experts have also suggested that it helps prevent or treat osteoporosis. People who have less vitamin K levels have more chances to face problems with bone formation. Getting enough vitamin K from the diet helps to keep the bones healthy and strong.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, a cup of broccoli weighing around 76 grams contains 3.5% of a person’s daily need for calcium, 50–54% of their daily need for vitamin C, and 70–86% of their daily need for vitamin K, depending on their age and genders. So it is a natural method to improve bone strength.

Improving skin health

People are always taking care of their skin beauty. Lots of people lose their self confidence due to their skin health condition. Vitamin C helps the body to produce collagen, which is the main requirement for body cells and organs, including the skin. As an antioxidant, vitamin C can also help to avoid skin damage, including wrinkling due to aging.

According to the health study vitamin C plays a vital role in preventing or treating skin conditions such as shingles and skin cancer. Regularly consuming it helps to improve skin health naturally.

Improving Heart Health

Broccoli contains fiber, potassium, and antioxidants helps to improve heart health. People who are facing heart attacks or strokes because of affecting the arteries. The American Heart Association (AHA) provides health care information, increasing the intake of potassium while adding less sodium to food; This will help to relax the blood vessels and reduce the risk of high blood pressure. People can take it in their daily food and improve their heart function. People can take it raw or in cooked form. Making the salad is an easy option for lunch or dinner. Drinking its juice 20 minutes after finishing breakfast is a nice option to improve heart function.

Good for digestion

Modern days people are facing digestion problems due to following a fast food diet system. Many of them are taking so many oil rich food items. Few of them are skipping their food due to keeping their body lean and want to reduce more weight from their body. These things will directly lead them into several stomach related health issues. But adding broccoli in their regular food diet will support the digestion process and help to eliminate several stomach related issues within a few months because it is loaded with both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.  

Fight against Mental disorders

Today’s people are easily trapped into mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and stress due to several reasons. Some health studies reveal the presence of low levels of selenium in the body will lead a person into mental disorders. The vegetable contains enough selenium, this will fight against mental disorders and makes a person very calm. Adding this vegetable in the regular food diet will help to keep the mind active. 

How much broccoli in a day?

A young adult person can take one cup in a day. This will provide so many health benefits to the body. 

How to keep the nutrition in broccoli while Cooking?

Broccoli is packed with so much nutrition, vitamins and minerals. But unfortunately boiling the broccoli in the water will remove the most nutrients from the broccoli. During broccoli, water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and folate are lost. So people can cook broccoli Steaming, Roasting, Sauteing and Microwaving.