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The Hidden Power of Broccoli

February 7th, 2012 Healthy Living

If broccoli isn't a regular part of your diet, it may be time to think about incorporating it into your meals a little more extensively. According to the World's Healthiest Foods, there are plenty of health benefits that come from this veggie. Best of all, broccoli is versatile, easy to prepare and fairly inexpensive, so you should have no problem finding ways to incorporate it into your eating habits.

One of the best things you can do with broccoli is to steam it. Although the raw vegetable does have cholesterol-lowering benefits, the effects are enhanced when steamed. This is because the fiber-related components of the veggie have an easier time binding with acid in your digestive tract when it's been prepared this way.

Broccoli also has a positive impact on the body's ability to detox itself, more so than other vegetables. This is because it contains a special combination of nutrients that can support all steps in the process, rather than individual components that need to be acquired from a variety of different sources.

If you're having a hard time getting your kids to eat their vegetables, try steaming some broccoli and melting cheese on top of it. It's a delightful treat that may very well become your children's favorite after-school snack! Try mixing it into an omelette in the morning. You can even stir fry it, but note that you will lose some of the nutrients during this process. Steaming the vegetable is the best way to ensure that you can still reap the most health benefits.