Broccoli is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of a Healthy Diet. Do you eat it?

Broccoli is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of a Healthy Diet.”

Do you eat it? Do you prepare it for your family?

If you don’t, maybe you should consider incorporating it as one of your regular foods.

Here are a few things the “Queen of a Healthy Diet” contributes to your health: it is a cholesterol reducer, aids in detoxification, heart health, digestion and eye health. It is also an anti-inflammatory and supports cancer prevention.

Broccoli’s high content of the cancer-fighting  compound sulphoraphane has been shown by scientists to especially effective in the prevention and survival of breast cancer.

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family that also includes cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, collard greens, kale, rutabagas and turnips.

However, broccoli, the ‘Queen of a Healthy Diet,” contains more vitamin A and C than all the other cruciferous vegetables.

Broccoli is loaded with dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamins B6, B1, A, E, K1 and minerals manganese, phosphorus, choline, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc and the health-supporting omega-3 fatty acids.

K1 is essential for bone health and blood clotting.

Broccoli’s natural fiber helps prevent constipation and dietary problems and aids in detoxifying the body from over-consumption of processed and fast foods so common in the American standard diet.

The good fiber lowers bad cholesterol by cleansing the body of toxins and dead cells.

The “Queen of a healthy Diet” has a glycemic index of 10 and is a perfect food to promote weight loss. It provides tons of nutrients for few calories.

Broccoli (100 grams) contains more vitamin E than one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.  Have both!

Broccoli (and all cruciferous vegetables) is a good sources of calcium for those who don’t consume dairy, and is also an excellent substitute for the lactose-intolerant.

It provides the body with a surprising amount of strengthening protein—WITHOUT meat. No wonder it is called the “Queen of a Healthy Diet.”

Broccoli was developed 2,000 years ago by the ancient Romans who created it from wild cabbage plants.

However, it was not until the 16th century that it appeared in Europe, where it was called ‘Italian asparagus.’

In fact it was the Italians who made the “Queen of a Healthy Diet” popular in America—-but not until the 20th century.

Thomas Jefferson grew broccoli in the 18th century, but it was ignored by Americans for a couple of hundred years.

Today broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables in the U.S., UK, Spain and Italy.

California produces 90 percent of U.S. broccoli, followed by Arizona, Texas and Oregon. But China is the world’s largest producer.

And that is the story of the “Queen of a Healthy Diet.”