Broccoli! Does a Body Good

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-09-07 18:52:28 -0500
Started 2014-09-02 07:04:58 -0500

President Bush hated broccoli and it does get it's fair share of mockery. Truth be told, broccoli is generally not on most kids top 10 picks. There are a lot of benefits to broccoli. As one of the low carb players in most of our diets, I thought you might enjoy this article on the benefits of eating broccoli.

I am lucky, my whole family loves broccoli and a week doesn't go by that it's not on the menu. Raw, steamed or mixed into something yummy.

Here are just a few of the benefits listed in the article.
Broccoli helps prevent cancer
Broccoli helps fight depression
Broccoli improves immunity
Just to name a few. Its a good veggie that often gets a bad rap (right up there with brussels sprouts and lima beans)

24 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-09-07 18:52:28 -0500 Report

Gabby, this is a great article. Thank! I eat broccoli probably every day. It is my favorite vegetable and since I am an uncreative and lazy cook, it is easy to grab and throw into my lunch box in the morning. Cooked, raw... mixed in with tuna or chicken. I love it!

rachel702 2014-09-03 00:36:55 -0500 Report

I eat broccoli every night with fish..seriously every night since I found out I was diabetic in March. Its great in my steamer.:)

rolly123 2014-09-02 17:05:22 -0500 Report

I love broccoli exspecially when I was kid I used to get potatoe make mound add broccoli like little trees and used gravy for water I thought broc raw is great into salads it's great !

flowersong17 2014-09-02 14:22:47 -0500 Report

Thank you for the opinion of Weight Watchers. After a 9 months battle with totally destroyed knee, then surgery, I have gained 20 lbs. Seriously searching for a diet that will work.

TLTanner 2014-09-02 13:50:05 -0500 Report

I used to get the kids to eat it by telling them broccoli was small trees. They thought it was so funny to be eating a tree, I don't think they even really thought about the taste! It doesn't work on every kid, but it sure did work on a lot of them! My sister's youngest STILL calls them little trees and she's 14 years old now! LOL

Thank you for this wonderful article!

maryanne55 2014-09-02 13:41:00 -0500 Report

i love broccoli and so good for you too. it is great for depression and helps mine alot. thanks for sharing Gabby

ReaderReader12 2014-09-02 13:21:53 -0500 Report

I love it!!!! Thanks for the post. I sometimes put it on my pizza, or in my egg whites in the morning. Also Steamed with salmon. Yummy and raw on salad..just to name a few ways I use it.

haoleboy 2014-09-02 12:53:05 -0500 Report

raw broccoli is a favorite!
cooked I can take it or leave it.
sauteed fresh Brussels Sprouts … now you're talking!

Pegsy 2014-09-02 12:45:16 -0500 Report

I used to love broccoli and I ate a lot of it. I don't care for it much anymore. I think I got burned out on it. I do still eat it, especially when eating out. I often request extra vegetables in place of the starchy foods that restaurants like to serve of lot of. It seems that the extra vegetables always end up being broccoli.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-09-02 11:41:23 -0500 Report

Funny you should say not everyone loves broccoli. I was so surprised that even toddlers in our family love broccoli. Like many foods if you keep reintroducing them our taste buds change over time. I have always eaten broccoli and lima beans, but not as fond of brussels sprouts even though I do eat them as well. I am fond of most veggies and find if the ones I am not that wild about if mixed with those I love are most tolerable. I esp. like green leafy veggies, but dislike cilantro.

debcox 2014-09-02 10:54:46 -0500 Report

My family & I love broccoli, we have it at least once a week. Brussels sprouts not so much. I've never fixed them at home and tasted one once a few years ago.

flowersong17 2014-09-02 07:50:31 -0500 Report

I certainly must load my freezer with broccoli! Especially since it is claimed it helps fight depression which is a daily part of my life.

GabbyPA 2014-09-02 08:39:51 -0500 Report

I knew it had cancer fighting properties, but I didn't know about the depression either. I usually plant a whole bed of it in my garden. I will keep doing that.

flowersong17 2014-09-02 12:45:47 -0500 Report

I would like to pose another topic for discussion. I am wondering if Weight Watchers is effective, safe and a viable option for diabetics to lose weight? Any opinions from the group?

TLTanner 2014-09-02 13:56:26 -0500 Report

Several years ago I joined WW with my sister. Both of us desperately needed to lose weight. We did their menus/calculations and worked out. It took us a year to lose 10 lbs. I managed to make it work with my diabetes but I hear now that WW's is not diabetic friendly. I ate a lot of veggies and salads, which would also put me under the daily totals of points allowed. I would talk to your doctor about it first.