Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head is eaten as a vegetable.
There are two basic types of broccoli. The most usual is the one with a head in the form of an umbrella with a thick stem and green inflorescences at its end. Another type of broccoli is Italian broccoli, commonly known as asparagus or broccoli, which is a set of thinner stems that end in small inflorescences. There is also a purple variety of broccoli.
Caloricity of broccoli
Caloricity of broccoli is 28 kcal per 100 grams of product.
Useful properties of broccoli
Broccoli is one of the most useful vegetables, a real storehouse of vitamins and minerals. In addition to the high content of vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, broccoli has antioxidants and other substances that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. In addition to all mentioned above advantages it is important to say that broccoli is very tasty and easy to cook, with low caloricity content. Thanks to the huge range of physiologically active elements broccoli is especially recommended for people with heart diseases and nervous system disorders. Chlorophyll, which is the part of the vegetable, has a beneficial effect on blood composition. The pollen on the heads of broccoli though not visible to the eye has some medical properties. Moreover, broccoli is considered to have anti-sclerotic effect.
It became known recently that broccoli is an excellent preventive tool against cancer. In John Hopkins University it was found that broccoli contains sulforaphane, a special ingredient that kills the bacteria that cause certain types of stomach ulcers and also prevents the development of cancer. Moreover, sulforaphane kills resistant to antibiotics bacteria.