Ingredient Spotlight: Broccoli
When is broccoli the star of the show? Not very often. But we think it’s is underrated!
Chef Good loves to use broccoli because we love the taste but we also know it has a whole bunch of health benefits associated with eating it.
Reduce your cholesterol
Broccoli will lower your cholesterol because it has a lot of soluble fibre. Not only this but in some research, it’s been shown that certain varieties of broccoli have the ability to lower the levels of LDL-cholesterol in your bloodstream by up to 6% – this is going to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease.
Good for the heart
Aside from reducing your cholesterol levels, this green vegetable also has some great anti-inflammatory properties which will help to improve your cardiovascular health. Broccoli contains the anti-inflammatory phytonutrient sulforaphane which also has well established anti-cancer properties.
Like other cruciferous veggies, good old broc is rich in both calcium and vitamin K. Vitamin K is a nutrient crucial for the creation of osteocalcin, a protein only found in bones. It has been shown that Vitamin K has the ability to increase bone mineral density as well as reduce fracture rates!
Top up that fibre
Dietary fibre is important in:
- aiding digestion,
- preventing constipation,
- maintaining low blood sugar and
- in turn keeping you feeling satisfied and reducing that hungry feeling.
Men you’re looking for about 30g of fibre in your diet a day and for women, it’s sitting at about 25g. A cup of broccoli is going to give about 5.1 grams of fibre – win!
Adding things like this super green veggie shouldn’t feel like a chore, that’s why we’re happy to do it for you. Top up your broccoli levels by adding Kung Pao Chicken, Chinese broccoli & brown rice or Green sambal tofu, coconut & kaffir poached vegetables to your next Chef Good delivery. Easy as that.