Broccoli, Use the florets and throw away the stem? the stem has more Vitamin C read on……


A great new piece of evidence has emerged about broccoli. A compound in broccoli, glucosinolate, produces a metabolite (a product of the metabolism) called sulforaphane that can significantly improve your blood pressure and kidney function. Indole-3-carbinol in the phytonutrients of broccoli  deactivates a metabolite which can become cancerous, this is something that chemotherapies cant do. The stalk has plenty of nutrient more vitamin C than the florets in fact it includes calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and  niacin


Anti-Inflammatory  broccoli is a particularly rich source of a flavonoid called Quercetin, its a powerful antioxidant

Detoxification  broccoli contains an unusual combination of three phytonutrients, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin which are a great combo for detoxifying the body

Nervous System potassium is responsible for maintaining a healthy nervous system

Blood Pressure again due to high potassium as well as magnesium and calcium

Antioxidant thanks to all the vitamin c  they help fight nasty free radicals that damage our cells

Antihistamine helping allergy and hay fever sufferers, offers relieve from the common cold another benefit of vitamin c

Immune System is boosted and strengthened by beta-carotene, trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium

Osteoporosis and bone health can be avoided from high levels of both calcium and vitamin K

Heart Health carotenoid lutein found in broccoli can prevent or slow the arteries leading to the heart from thickening

Eye Health broccoli helps prevent macular degeneration and cataracts,  assists low light and colour vision. Carotenoid lutein and vitamin A are the heroes here

Along with all the above it assist brain function and muscle growth. A reduced risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, breast, cervical and prostate cancer to add to the list

Weight loss

High Fibre  which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar

Low Calories making it a great weight loss snack

High in protein compared to rice or corn which helps you feel fuller longer

Powerful antioxidant the element indole-3-carbinol which assist the liver in turn can assist weight loss


Sun Damage  it contains glucoraphanin which is converted into sulforaphane which assists the skin to detoxify and repair itself


I cook the stems in soups, curries, braises and pot cooking or eat them as I would bamboo shoots, just slice raw in a salad with some cashew nuts, garlic, chilli, ginger, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar dressing

They are awesome ness in soups, salads, stir fries and purees as a zucchini pasta & broccoli pesto and other sexy vegetarian dish sauces

I love it steamed just simply with garlic, parmesan and toasted almonds for a simple no fuss meal

Tempura them in a rice flour batter and serve with a parmesan kefir dipping sauce or Pakoras with raita

“Love someone with a beautiful bowl of broccoli goodness today”

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Cassandra Austin

Kitchen Coaching, Nutrition and Selfcare

A Corporate Chef with extra qualifications in< Diet and Nutrition, Food and Wellness, Food Psychology, Kitchen Medicine Vocational education trainer in Commercial Cookery, Dip Hospitality Management  & Business



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