Broccoli: Benefits, nutrition facts, and more
Your mom was right: You should eat your broccoli! “The veggie is a nutritional powerhouse,” says Sheena Patel Swanner, a registered dietician-nutritionist and director of nutrition programs at the American Institute of Cancer Research. “It’s loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.”
Broccoli is also part of the cruciferous family of vegetables that contain phytonutrients, compounds that help lower the risk of certain diseases. With so much nutrition packed into these little trees, it’s no wonder that they deliver many health benefits.
Discover why you should add more broccoli to your diet—and then follow our easy tips and recipes for enjoying this nutritious and delicious veggie.
Broccoli nutrition facts at a glance
A one-cup serving of raw, chopped broccoli contains only 31 calories and the following nutrients:
|Nutrient||Amount in 1 cup|
|Vitamin A||567 IU|
|Vitamin C||81 mg|
|Vitamin E||0.7 mg|
|Vitamin K||93 mcg|
|Vitamin B6||0.2 mg|
The upshot: Is broccoli good for you?
Broccoli is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—and low in calories. Research shows that the veggie may boost your health and help protect against diseases, including some types of cancer. When added to a healthy diet, it may also help you with weight loss and maintenance. The bottom line: Broccoli absolutely does a body good.
Sharon Liao is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, nutrition, and fitness. She lives in Redondo Beach, California.
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