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The foods you should eat every day|#1


 

The crown jewel of superfoods, broccoli gets our #1 spot atop a long long list, as well as our deepest admiration.


Welcome to The Foods You Should Eat Everyday for optimum health, weight maintenance, endless energy and an improved relationship with your gut. Kitchen Therapy lays out the top foods you should be consuming every day for a better version of yourself and all-natural access to the powerful healing properties they posses. Boost your nutritional arsenal against chronic disease, obesity, inflammation, fatigue and all the other enemies of good health.

 

Queen Broccoli

“The low-glycemic, low-calorie, high-fibre, nutrient-packed powerhouse you should definitely eat every single day.”

It’s the all-purpose cruciferous vegetable popping up on practically

every list of “foods that heal, treat & prevent.” With so much going for it,

we should probably do two of these blog entries.


Although the queen of veggies isn’t the most nutrient dense compared to say kale or spinach, broccoli is the best suited for everyday consumption, which is why Kitchen

Therapy puts it at #1.


Broccoli truly packs a nutritional punch. Among its other attributes, it’s

loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. It’s an anti-inflammatory,

it reduces blood glucose, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress and

the development of chronic disease. It fights cancer, diabetes & heart disease,

supports the immune system, our teeth, bones, joints, skin, eyes,

brain, hormones and cells. It helps pregnant women absorb iron. It helps

older men reduce the risk of prostate cancer. It helps kids grow. There’s

hardly an organ, muscle, process, function or human condition that

doesn’t benefit either directly or indirectly from broccoli.


It’s low cal, high energy, fills you up fast and digests slow. 100 g will

send you well on your way toward the RDA of many key nutrients. A

bigger serving will get you there even faster. And that’s why you should

definitely eat broccoli every single day.


 

THE BROCCOLI BREAKDOWN


 


Broccoli benefits


ANTI-CANCER

Along with other cruciferous veggies, more and more studies are showing

broccoli to contain compounds that reduce cell damage caused by inflammation

that lead to numerous types of cancers.


ANTIOXIDANT

Broccoli packs numerous antIoxidants that neutralise free radicals, aid in

digestion, gut health, eye health and even brain and nerve tissue function.


ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

We know inflammation is at the root of nearly all chronic diseases. Broccoli

contains numerous anti-inflammatory compOunds that prevent or reduce inflammation.


TYPE 2 DIABETES

Broccoli is showing great promise as a possible blood glucose regulator in

people with type 2 diabetes. Studies also suggest it improves insulin sensitivity,

possibly due to its high fibre and antioxidant content.


HEART HEALTHY

Broccoli supports heart health in more than one way. Research suggests

it improves triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, helps reduce the hardening

of carotid arteries and may protect cell tissue around the heart

from oxidative stress. It’s high fibre content is also associated with reduced

risk of heart disease.

 

BEST WAYS TO EAT


Raw

The full spectrum of nutrients broccoli has to offer are available when eaten raw.


Pickled

Yes, pickled broccoli! The process of lacto-fermentation increases the bioavailability

of broccoli’s nutrients and turns an already powerful puncher into a probiotic your gut flora will love!


Steamed

Among all the ways you can cook broccoli, light steaming results in the lowest loss of nutrients.


Stir Fried

Fast stir frying for 3-5 minutes on high heat with a healthy cooking oil is a great & tasty way to preserve broccoli’s healing powers.


OVEN ROASTED

Oven roasting on high heat (about 400F - 205C) with a healthy cooking oil for about 15 minutes is healthy & yummy.


DON'T OVERCOOK

Too much heat will cook broccoli’s many benefits right out of it. Cook until deep green and try to maintain its firmness. Mushy, brown broccoli won’t harm you, but it won’t help much either.

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