We've all heard it before: broccoli is good for you. But why? A new study out of Penn State revealed that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain gut-healing properties.
Eating broccoli is the key to better health because this vegetable helps shield the gastrointestinal tract from harmfuld toxins that may lead to inflammation and result in diseases like heart disease and arthritis, according to Science Daily.
Researchers found that cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower contain an organic chemical compound called indole glucosinolates which helps balance gut flora and protect the intestinal lining, the study revealed.
How much broccoli should you eat to obtain these benefits? That would be 3.5 cups daily, according to lead researcher Gary Perdew, professor of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.
Now that you know why broccoli is good for you, how are you going to cook it? Here are some simple yet tasty ways to up your broccoli intake.
Power up your day with a nutrient-dense broccoli smoothie prepared with avocado, bok choi and white grapes.
VEGETABLE CURRY WITH COCONUT MILK AND RICE
Enjoy a meat-free main course by whipping up a flavorful yellow curry laced with coconut milk, chilies, broccoli, carrots, string beans and peppers.
Beef Steak With Broccoli
Pair a juicy steak with steamed broccoli and you've got yourself a hearty low-carb dinner that's easy to prepare on weeknights.
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
If you are looking for the ultimate side dish that's comforting and tasty you can't go wrong with this simple broccoli casserole.
Broccoli Miso Soup with Oyster Mushrooms
A great way to up your intake of broccoli is to use it in soups.
This vegan soup recipe pairs broccoli with oyster mushrooms and miso.
Vietnamese Hu Tieu
Or you can cozy up to a bowl of this fragrant Vietnamese chicken soup with broccoli and rice noodles.