There are many health benefits of Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables. The cruciferous vegetables are rich in Sulforaphane1 which is anticarcinogenic. Anticarcinogenic is a fancy way of saying it helps prevents cancer.
I am a foodie, hence I love to eat. I will try a few recipes, and then almost always make it “Indian”. Indian food and Spices still hold the top spot in my tool kit of health, wellness, and longevity.
Once I start liking and enjoying some foods, I almost always begin researching what might be some health benefits of it. I knew as much that the cruciferous vegetables are low in carbs and easy to cook, and a perfect replacement for carbs to fill you up. But the health benefits of the Cruciferous vegetables – Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage truly surprised me. Some other Cruciferous vegetables you will find around here again and again are bok choy, arugula, kale, watercress and radishes.
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Sulphorafane (SFN) effectively inhibited tumor growth and increased the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapeutics in patients with advanced-stage pancreatic cancers,2 (The same kind that took Steve Jobs away, as well as a very dear friend of mine.)
Microwave cooking increases the sulforaphane levels in Broccoli.
Broccoli is on the top of the list, because it contains the highest amount of Sulforaphane amongst all of the Cruciferous vegetables. And little did I know that – Microwave cooking Increases Sulforaphane level in Broccoli by 80% at 50-60ºC.6
Let me say that again because there are way too many misconceptions about microwave cooking. Wash and separate Broccoli into florets. Put it in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 Tbsp Water. Cover and Steam for 4-5 minutes. Eat. Repeat.Sharfunnisa
What are some of the other recipes for Cruciferous Vegetables?
There are recipes all around this site that are healthy, highly nutritious, and delicious, and use one or many of these vegetables. Here are some comfort food-type recipes that are so easy to make on a weeknight, and uses any, or all of the Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and more. Easy Thai Curry Soup , Steamed/Sauteed/Stir Fry Green Beans and Broccoli and Bok Choy Recipe with Garlic, Pepper, and Hoisin Sauce.
What are you going to cook for your own good health?
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Unrelated to Sulforaphane, but something that might help you add Broccoli to your grocery list now, I have to share this really funny bit about what actually made me write this post today. My son and I were watching this program called “Too Funny to Fail” and caught the snippet of this Dana Carvey performance from SNL. We found it so funny,, that we had to listen to the whole song. And How can I not share it to brighten your day, if you have a weird sense of humor like ours?
She went downtown. She bought some Broccoli. She brought it home. Chopping Broccoli. Chopping Broccoli …..
I find it hilarious. Here it is.
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