We can’t deny it; it doesn’t exactly look very appealing, it does just look like a baby tree that’s nearing expiry date. Our parents have paralyzed us with the fear of “no ice cream” unless we finished all our greens, especially the tree! Maybe if our parents tried a different approach, we would’ve learned to enjoy eating baby trees, but what they always failed to tell us was just how many benefits broccoli has. Broccoli is currently a huge diet trend, but do you know why? You just might want to add the 100 grams of broccoli (34 calories) to your own diet.
We’ve all heard about switching to wholegrain foods because of the fiber content and the fact the fiber helps your digestive system. But, did you know that fiber can also help your body get rid of harmful toxins? Not only does broccoli help your body clean itself, but it also makes you feel fuller faster because of the fiber it contains.
This vitamin plays an important role in developing your red blood cells, which transport oxygen all over your body.
This vitamin helps your body produce antibodies which helps your immune system fight off diseases.
This vitamin is also known as folate, which stimulates tissue growth and contributes to regulating cell function. Let’s not forget it helps babies develop their nervous systems.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know, 100 grams of broccoli has more vitamin C than any other citrus fruit. Vitamin C is necessary for boosting your skin’s health and your immune system.
You’ve probably heard of vitamin E creams and lotions which help scars fade. That’s because vitamin E works to protect your cellular membranes and is important for your heart too.
Yes, the best part about 100 grams of broccoli is that has absolutely no fat!
Do you need anymore reasons to love broccoli?
You’ve probably seen people at the gym taking huge looking supplements after a workout, those are amino acids, which are essential for your health and your recovery. Amino acids have tryptophan, which is the amino acid that makes up serotonin, your happiness hormone.
Calcium is vital for your body. Did you know that your body is made up of 1% - 2% calcium? Great news for people who are lactose intolerant, you get the same amount of calcium from 100 grams of broccoli as 40 ml of milk, a staggering 50 mg! So, instead of dealing with a horrible bloated feeling from consuming dairy products, you can eat broccoli and feel light.
Let’s just run through what potassium can do for your body:
And guess what 100 grams of baby trees contain 316 mg of potassium.
We all know that a lot of sodium comes from salt, but you need to get sodium naturally from your food as well. Sodium from salt alone could give you high blood pressure and a headache from hell. Broccoli contains potassium, chlorine (not the pool stuff), and sodium, which transports nutrients to all the cells in your body.
Magnesium is essential for your brain to function properly. Most people who suffer from fatigue are magnesium deficient. So rather than buying a bottle of supplements, eat 100 grams of broccoli which will give you 21 mg of magnesium.
This mineral is vital for regulating your body’s bone structure.
Your body will convert this nutrient into a very important vitamin, vitamin A. This vitamin ensures that your sebaceous gland is functioning properly, which is the glands under your skin that produce the healthy oil your skin needs. That’s why vitamin A is known as the vitamin that makes your skin glow!
This vitamin plays a critical role in duplicating your DNA and RNA, remember from bio, your cells are always dividing?