As a child, your parents most likely tried to convince you to consume a healthy amount of fruits and veggies. Also, assuming you hated the idea of eating broccoli.
Well there are actually strong disease preventing benefits to eating broccoli or any other cruciferous vegetable.
Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, explains what these vegetables do to you colon to help prevent cancer or any disease.
“That’s an interesting analogy, and it’s almost appropriate,” Hunnes says. “Broccoli isn’t so much brushing away plaque, like a toothbrush does in the mouth. But its fiber content is extremely healthful to the colon—fiber is good for the microbiome (gut bacteria) and can also help prevent colon cancer. So in some ways, broccoli is more like a broom, sweeping away the detritus.”
So broccoli sweeps away the bad stuff inside your colon, which helps prevent disease. Simple right? But still not enough for you to just cook up some broccoli? Check this out.
Researchers are using broccoli yogurt for their cancer patients to help them during their battle. They are also using this to prevent colon cancer… Sounds delicious right? Strawberry Banana Broccoli Yogurt?
**Caution- This Paragraph Contains Super Scientific Language**. Bare with us. A recent study found broccoli contains indole glucosinolates, which are broken down into a class of compounds called indolocarbazole when they enter the stomach. Indolocarbazole activates the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, which maintains the microbiome by triggering a protective reaction when the gut is exposed to toxins.
Basically, 3.5 cups of cruciferous will prevent cancer and fight Crohn’s disease.
Try consuming these vegetables daily to help keep that colon healthy. So hear are some ways to prepare your broccoli so it taste good:
- There are none. Toughen up and just eat it.