Broccoli is a popular food of the ancient Romans and once grew wild on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Broccoli’s use as a food can be traced back to the 16th century in France and England.

 

The word “broccoli” means branch or arm which is represented by the broccoli’s cross-shaped stems and the top member of the Cruciferous family of vegetables.

 

Broccoli is best when eaten raw, because cooking and processing destroys some of its antioxidants.

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Has twice the vitamin C of an orange per 100 g which is beneficial for the body to fight of infections and build up immunity. (1)

 

  • Contains good levels of vitamin A which is vital to improve vision, particularly in children. (2)

 

  • It has almost as much calcium as whole milk (with a better rate of absorption) which supports strength of bones and teeth. (3)

 

  • A good selenium content which contains anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. (4)

 

Broccoli Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 28
Calories from Fat 3
Total Fat 0 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 27 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5 g 2%
Dietary Fibre 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A60% Vitamin C 155%
Calcium5% Iron 5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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