Health benefit – the humble brocolli

Health benefit – the humble brocolli

When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits.

While low in calories, broccoli is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fibre.broccoli

  • Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables and its close relatives include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage.
  • Broccoli is high in sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Sulforophane has anti-cancer properties and may promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body.
  • Studies suggest that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers, especially stomach and lung cancers.

As if that’s not enough, a cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is very rich in beta-carotene.

Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too.

It is also high in fibre and low in calories.

Broccoli Nutrients

  • Broccoli nutrients provide many health benefits.
  • It is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, in addition to fibre, potassium, folate, and lutein.

Vitamin K – essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting

Vitamin A – helps vision and is required for the immune system and production of red blood cells.

Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.

Fibre – diets high in fibre promote digestive health. A high fibre intake can also help lower cholesterol.

Potassium – a mineral and electrolyte that is essential for the function of nerves and heart contraction.

Folate – is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body.

Lutein – may slow progression of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

By including broccoli in your diet regularly you may reduce and prevent ailments like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and it may help lower blood cholesterol.  exerpt from – “Dairy Council of California -Healthy Eating made easier”

 

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Vegetables are a rich source vitamins and varying amounts of protein,depending on the type of vegetables..

They provide fibre and aid the body with the digestion of food and the prevention of constipation.

Vegetables play a big part in a healthy lifestyle.

In our quest for a healthy life, sometimes we need a little help !

Self-monitoring is a tried and true weight-loss strategy.

Most people know to keep a daily food diary. It’s also helpful to weigh yourself regularly—a few times per week, if you’re trying to lose weight—and track it on a graph so you can increase your awareness of how your behaviours impact your weight.

This graph provides a visual reminder to stay on track, and seeing a declining slope reinforces you when you’re on track.

This is one of the “apps”  you can find in FitChoice.

For more information go to http://pleine-vie.ineways.eu  select language and discover FitChoice

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