Friday, March 14, 2008

BROCCOLI - a health fact

BROCCOLI is a powerhouse of various vitamins, minerals and other medicinal facts. It is a good anti-oxidant and a very much healthy vegetable.

So, i tried to put down some information about broccoli here....along with a simple recipe...

Broccoli is a store of Vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6, B9 (Folate), Vitamin C and A. And it also has various minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

In the recent past, a lot of experiments had been carried over broccoli for its medicinal values and it has been found that the nutritional value of broccoli lies in a substance called isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates are a class of potent anti-carcinogens. Meaning, they fight and help prevent cancer. Another study shows that broccoli is associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

Coming to the cooking part, it is very important that broccoli should be only lightly boiled, for it may loose its healthy content if over boiled. Lightly boiled broccoli , by itself makes a healthy recipe. Another way to have it, is to saute the lighlty boiled broccoli in little oil along with mustard seeds, black gram, green chilli and salt.

So, just try it and add it to your food chart!!!!!










2 comments:

  1. Hi Devs,
    The color of Broccoli always fascinates me(the dark green rich color). But never have i tasted any Broccoli recipe. Maybe because i get to see them more on the magazines rather than in any of the markets in India. Any idea about its origin? Do we get Broccoli in India? The article you have put is simply superb, interesting n informative da..

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  2. hey kans... tankyooo fr the comments d... broccoli's cultivation originated from italy. Broccolo, is its italian name which means "cabbage sprout"...We do get broccoli in India kans, but its rare i suppose... i never tasted it there.. Here its very common da... dats how got to know bout it!!!!...

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