Broccoli

Onnica Stansbury

Benefits

- Reduced risk of health conditions

- Decreases the risk of obesity

- Decreases the risk of diabetes

- Decreases the risk of heart disease

- Increased energy

- Lower weight

- Helps fight cancer

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266765.php

Vitamins/Nutrients

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9 vitamin K.....................245%

vitamin C .....................135%


chromium..................... 53%


folate............................. 42%


fiber............................... 21%


pantothenic acid ...........19%


vitamin B6 ......................18%


vitamin E......................... 15%


phosphorus.................... 15%


manganese......................15%


choline............................. 15%


vitamin B2....................... 15%


vitamin A.......................... 13%


potassium ........................13%

copper................................ 11%


vitamin B1 ...........................8%


omega-3 fats ......................8%


magnesium......................... 8%


protein................................. 7%


zinc........................................6%


iron ........................................6%


calcium................................. 6%


selenium ..............................5%


vitamin B3..............................5%

History of broccoli

Broccoli is native to the Mediterranean

Related to cabbage

Commercial cultivation of broccoli dates back to the 1500s in England

Broccoli became popular in the United States in the 1920's

http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/broccolihistory.htm

Fun Facts

Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was a fan of broccoli, importing the seeds from Italy to plant at Monticello. He recorded planting the vegetable there as early as May of 1767.


Broccoli contains the flavonoid kaempferol. Kaempferol is an anti-inflammatory, helps fight against cancer and heart disease, and has been shown to be preventative in adult diabetes onset.


Although it may be known as the "golden state", California produces 90% of our nations broccoli. Perhaps we should rename California as the "broccoli state."