Four reasons to eat broccoli
Broccoli is an increasingly popular vegetable in Spain. This is shown by Cadena Ser, that has revealed that broccoli consumption has multiplied by ten in the last decade, going from about 200 grams per person per year to reaching two kilos that were registered in the recently concluded 2020. This popularity is based on its multiple beneficial properties for the body, which make it one of the healthiest vegetables that we can find on the market.
At Naturcharc we are experts in the cultivation of this vegetable, which is one of the stars of our winter production. Our farms have developed a great production this year and we couldn’t be prouder. The benefits of our climate, together with our organic farming techniques make possible a product of exceptional quality. We remind you that this food must be cooked over a very low heat to avoid the deterioration of its beneficial properties, so it is advisable to choose methods such as steaming it. Check out these four reasons to include it in your meals on a regular basis.
High vitamin content
Broccoli is rich in several essential vitamins. Approximately, a 200-gram serving of this vegetable provides half the daily recommendation for folic acid, which plays an important role in physiological processes and helps prevent fatigue. It also contains more than double the needs of vitamin C, essential for the immune system and protein metabolism. To this we must add that it contributes a quarter of the needs for vitamin A, which have a protective and antioxidant function on the body.
Prevents cardiovascular diseases
Scientific studies have shown that broccoli has different compounds that exert a protective influence on the heart. In addition to vitamins and minerals, broccoli contains sulforaphane, which prevents the appearance of blockages in the arteries, further preventing a potential heart attack. In addition, its antioxidant properties and its contribution of potassium reinforce this beneficial influence on the heart.
Avoid high cholesterol
Closely related to the previous point is broccoli’s ability to reduce the presence of bad cholesterol in the blood by around 5%, High cholesterol is one of the health problems most present today most likely resulting from diets that are too high in fat. Broccoli is presented as an effective ally in the effort to lower the impact of cholesterol. It should be remembered that high levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with the development of metabolic problems and circulatory diseases.
Good presence of fiber
Fiber is a very necessary element in the diet, as it helps to better regulate the appetite and a proper release of energy to the body during digestion. This compound also helps maintain a good health of the digestive system, helping the intestinal flora. In weight loss diets, it helps reduce calorie intake.