When it comes to superfoods, broccoli definitely makes the list. Broccoli contains plenty of vitamins including vitamins A, C, and K. It contains 2.6 grams of protein per cup and is low in calories, making it a great item to add to your diet. As for minerals, broccoli contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and folate.
Broccoli has nearly double the amount of calcium per cup, with 4.3 percent of your daily intake, in comparison to cauliflower’s 2.4 percent. It also contains 4.8 percent of magnesium, six percent of phosphorous, and 8.2 percent of potassium per cup.
Broccoli consumption has been attributed to many health benefits including detoxifying the body, improving heart health, making eyes strong, and improve digestion. But you probably wouldn’t think that broccoli could also help relieve achy joints.
Broccoli aids in joint problems: Study
Enzymes in broccoli have been found to improve joint-related problems. When broccoli is consumed, it releases sulforaphane, which has been found to reduce pain. Furthermore, when this is paired with all the other vitamins and minerals found in broccoli, it can help to boost the immune system, ward off types of arthritis, and strengthen bones and blood vessels.
Whole wheat broccoli pizza recipe
If you want to start adding broccoli to your diet, try this whole wheat broccoli pizza to start.
- 1 whole-wheat pita
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons tomato sauce
- ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella
- ½ cup raw broccoli, chopped
- 5 cherry tomatoes – halved
Spread the pita with the olive oil and toast under a broiler for 30 to 60 seconds. Top with the marinara, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and broccoli. Place under the broiler again until the cheese is melted and the veggies slightly golden – about two to three minutes.