Nutrition facts of broccoli
Broccoli belongs to the family of crucifers, which includes all cabbages: Green sprouts, red cabbage, cabbage cars, Brussels sprouts; but also the turnips, cress, and radish. With an exceptional amount of vitamins, minerals, and fibers, this vegetable is particularly interesting from a nutritional point of view.
The part of it we consume corresponds to young inflorescences. Generally green, the broccoli heads can also be purple or white red, depending on the variety.
Broccoli is composed of almost 90% water. Its energy intake is about 35 calories at 100 g, which locates it at the same level as fennel or asparagus.
It counts little carbohydrates. The proteins reach almost 3 g to 100 g, a relatively high value for a fresh vegetable. Lipids are present in the state of trace, just like organic acids.
It is an exceptional source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B9 (or folic acid). Equal weight, broccoli contains twice as much vitamin C as an orange.
There are also other vitamins of group B in interesting quantities, as well as provitamins A and vitamin E.
The water it contains is rich in minerals: potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium (broccoli is the richest vegetable in calcium, after vegetables with leaves).
It also brings many iron tracers, zinc, manganese, copper, nickel, fluorine, cobalt, iodine, selenium.
Like all crucifers, it contains sulfur substance compounds that could exercise protective action on health, cancer.
Its fibers are abundant and mainly composed of insoluble fibers: cellulose and hemicelluloses; But also soluble fibers: pectins, which give it its soft consistency after cooking.
11 benefits of eating broccoli
The broccoli, this cruciferous vegetable of the cabbage family is not always very appreciated … and yet, well cooked, it can be tasty and especially full of good luck and health benefits!
- Rich in potassium and vitamin B, broccoli would prevent muscle cramps.
- According to some studies, one of the components of Broccoli warns the appearance of breast cancer.
- Broccoli would reduce the rate of bad cholesterol and increase it.
- Rich in various vitamins, it would help cell renewal of the skin and fight effectively against wrinkles.
- Full of lutein and zéaxanthine, broccoli would protect our view and the health of our eyes.
- It would also protect men from the risks of prostate cancer.
- Broccoli naturally would reduce the concentration of homocysteine in the blood, responsible for risks of vascular accident.
- Broccoli would also strengthen our immune system, including through its vitamin C, and therefore would effectively fight against the diseases of winter and colds.
- Very poor in calories and carbohydrates, but rich in fiber, it is a real ally slimming for those who are in the regime!
- Thanks to its sulforaphane, it would protect our respiratory tract and is therefore particularly recommended for smokers and asthmatics.
- Excellent for memory, it would slow down the cognitive decline.