5 Health Benefits of Broccoli
1. Cholesterol reduction: Broccoli is loaded with soluble fiber that pulls cholesterol out of your body.
2. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Kaempferol is found in broccoli and has shown to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. You may be surprised to learn that broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory.
3. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most complete source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Other powerful antioxidants found in broccoli are carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.
4. Bone health: There is also an abundant amount of both calcium and vitamin K in broccoli, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
5. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber. This aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. In addition, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories!
1 (12 ounce) bag broccoli florets
1/2 red onion, sliced
8 fresh sage leaves, torn
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
. Spread broccoli in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle onion and sage leaves over broccoli; drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, garlic salt, and black pepper over broccoli mixture; toss to coat.
. Roast in the preheated oven until broccoli is browned and crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.