Do you remember when you were a child and you used to cringe just seeing the “green” color vegetables on your dinner plate? The most commonly rejected vegetable was broccoli. We spent our childhood thinking that it was bad when in fact, it is not only rich in nutrients, it is also delicious.
According to an article published in the BBC World website, broccoli could help eliminate the damage caused by diabetes in cardiac blood vessels. The key component is called sulforaphane; this compound stimulates the production in protective enzymes of the blood vessels and helps to diminish the high levels of molecules that affect the cells.
Broccoli is also an excellent source of vitamin A and C, folic acid, niacin, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium. The properties of this vegetable are also helpful in the formation of collagen, bones and teeth, red blood cells and favors resistance to infections. According to the USDA, a serving of 100 grams of broccoli equals 34 calories, making it an ideal vegetable for low calorie diets.
Let’s learn encourage our children to eat their vegetables – especially broccoli. Otherwise, they will be missing out on consuming valuable nutrients and vitamins to grow healthy.