Can You Eat Raw Broccoli?
Do you like eating raw broccoli? It sounds weird but if you’re anything like me, you find it absolutely delicious and satisfying when eating it as a part of your regular diet. I don’t particularly love cooking it as much as I love eating it raw and that’s why this article is so important to you. This article will tell you the best way to eat raw broccoli without feeling guilty about it and without giving you some horrible after effects.
Raw broccoli stems can be cooked into a delicious vegetable soup called Broccoli Cakes. The broccoli stems are chopped into small pieces then roasted in a dry frying pan until softened and cooked thoroughly. Some people add carrots and green beans for extra nutrition. You can season the soup with any number of herbs including thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, etc. All these herbs provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber to help you maintain a healthy weight.
When cooking, make sure to only use a small amount of oil. A medium to medium-sized piece of broccoli leaves can contain up to 80 calories depending on the size. If you want to eat raw broccoli leaves, then soak them overnight in water. In the morning, drain them well then add about a teaspoon of salt for the first few minutes of cooking.
Broccoli contains significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, calcium, iron, vitamins A, C and E and phytosterols. A one cup serving of broccoli contains one gram of each of those four nutrients. In addition, broccoli contains significant amounts of fiber. A one cup serving of broccoli contains 20% of the daily recommend intake of fiber.
One of the reasons broccoli is so great for you is that it has a high concentration of broccoli’s natural defense against invading microorganisms. The chemical name for broccoli’s natural defense against bacteria and other microorganisms is Sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is the same chemical compound that gives broccoli its dark color. So eating a raw broccoli head mixed with some apple sauce or honey or even eating the stem can provide your body with healthy amounts of Sulforaphane.
The benefits of eating a raw head of broccoli are numerous but most importantly they are all healthy food choices. By eating a diet that is rich in both fruits and vegetables you will be making sure that you are getting everything that your body needs to stay fit and strong. So eat raw broccoli and buy some salad mix instead of fries. You’ll be glad you did!