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15 Health Benefits Of The World’s Most Hated Vegetable
Almost everyone likes fruits and vegetables, but let’s face it: Everyone has different tastes. What tastes great to one person may seem terribly bitter or just plain nasty tasting to another. It has to be said, however, that there are some veggies that just seem to turn a majority of people off. Broccoli must be one of the world’s most hated vegetables. Children, especially, seem to deplore the taste and texture. Most adults learn to tolerate, if not love, broccoli, if they are exposed to it enough. Even President Bush (senior) said that he hated broccoli more than any other vegetable.
The funny thing is that the same year that the President said how much he hated broccoli, John Hopkins University published a study showing that broccoli could prevent the development of cancerous tumors by 60 percent, and reduce their size by 75 percent! That alone is a pretty good reason to learn to like broccoli if you are one of those who find it distasteful.
Many times, it’s simply a matter of finding out how you like broccoli cooked (or not cooked!). Some people simply cannot eat broccoli unless they put some butter or cheese on top. Others find that their broccoli tastes best when steamed. Still others only like it crispy and raw. When you consider all the health benefits that broccoli has to offer you, if it isn’t your favorite veggie, you should find a way to enjoy it that works for you.
If you are already a broccoli lover, you can take pride in reading about all the ways that your favorite veggie is helping your body and mind.
Keep reading for the top 15 ways broccoli can improve your health.
1. Natural Detoxifier
Special phytonutrients called glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian all support the body’s natural detoxification process, including the neutralization and elimination of contaminants and toxins. These three phytonutrients are all found in broccoli! Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates, which control the detox process right down to the genetic level. If you want to detox a bit every day, it makes perfect sense to add broccoli to your diet.
2. Fights Arthritis
One of the main substances in broccoli is sulphoraphane. This is a sulfur compound that blocks the destructive enzymes that damage the cartilage in our joints. Making broccoli a regular part of your diet can help to prevent, or at the very least slow down the progression, of osteoarthritis. You will read more about the other things that sulphoraphane can do later.
3. Healthy Bones
With high amounts of both calcium and the vitamin K that the body needs to make new, healthy bone tissue and prevent osteoporosis, broccoli is the perfect vegetable to help keep your teeth and bones strong and dense.
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