Broccoli is definitely the most hated vegetable in the world. Almost no one loves the greenish veggie, and kids hate them the most, especially when their mother sneaks it in their plate. However, the vegetable isn’t without its benefits – in fact, broccoli may be one of the most beneficial foods you can eat.
According to numerous studies, broccoli offers numerous health benefits including the prevention of cancer. Broccoli is rich in sulforaphane, a powerful anti-cancer agent, which is a byproduct of the reaction between glucoraphanin and myrosinase. Besides sulforaphane, the vegetable contains other anti-cancer compounds as well which can also prevent a variety of other ailments.
However, in order to fully benefit from broccoli’s anti-cancer properties, you must cook it properly first. In order for the vegetable to provide your body with sulforaphane, the enzyme myrosinase must react with glucoraphanin first. Boiling or microwaving the vegetable will destroy all of its nutrients, so your goal should be to preserve the nutrients within. This can be done by preparing a nice bowl of creamy broccoli soup.