The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means "the flowering crest of a cabbage". Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head is eaten as a vegetable. The mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli resembles cauliflower. It is often consumed boiled or steamed, but can also be eaten raw.

Power House of Nutrition

Serving Size: 1 Broccoli

  • 20 calories
  • 3.6 g carbohydrates (1% DV)
  • 2.1 g protein (4% DV)
  • 2130 IU vitamin A (43% DV)
  • .113 mg vitamin B6 (6% DV)
  • 66.2 mg vitamin C (110% DV)
  • 34 mg calcium (3%)
  • .62 mg iron (3% DV)
  • 17.75 mg magnesium (4% DV)
  • 46.86 mg phosphorus (5% DV)
  • 23.75 mg potassium (5% DV)

Health Benefits

  • Detoxifies Your Body

Often called the dynamic trio, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin, and glucobrassicin in broccoli neutralize and eliminate the unwanted chemicals from your body.

  • Promotes Heart Health

Broccoli keeps the blood vessels strong, which is one of the ways it improves heart health.

  • Improves Digestive Health

Broccoli reduces inflammation in the colon and helps prevent colon cancer.

  • Can Cure Allergies

Research has found that taking broccoli just for 3 days can lead to a 200 percent increase in the production of proteins that generate antioxidants in the nasal cells. And this can help cure allergies.

  • Boosts Immunity

The number one reason broccoli works best for the immune system is its vitamin C content.

  • Improved blood sugar

Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which may inhibit glucose production and improve glucose.