Eat Broccoli To Help Manage Diabetes
According to Google, broccoli was number four of the 10 most searched words in 2016. If you are like me, you’re probably wondering why? Could broccoli’s sudden rise to the top be attributed to its cancer-fighting compounds or rich vitamin content? I suspect the reason broccoli was trending may have more to do with the release of hip hop artist D.R.A.M’s “Broccoli” which peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2016.
Nonetheless, if you have diabetes you’ll be happy to know there is more to broccoli than the ability to launch careers. Broccoli contains an ingredient that may help people with type 2 diabetes improve their diabetes control.
A Nutrient Powerhouse
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable of the mustard family, which includes mustard greens, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in nutrients, including several carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin); vitamins C, E, and K; folate; and minerals including potassium. They are also a good source of fiber.
Broccoli is also considered a nutrient dense food because it provides a lot of nutrients for a few calories. One cup chopped raw broccoli provides 100 % of your daily need for the vitamins and minerals as mentioned above – all for just 31 calories.
Cruciferous vegetables contain a group of sulfur-containing chemicals known as glucosinolates. These chemicals are responsible for the strong aroma and bitter flavor of cruciferous vegetables. Glucosinolates are broken down by the body into isothiocyanates – which are antioxidants and powerful cancer-fighting chemicals. The main isothiocyanate found in broccoli is sulforaphane.