Your parents were onto something when they forced you to eat your broccoli as a kid. Now, you’ll want it all on your own—Rust says this cruciferous veggie isn’t only packed with essential nutrients, fiber and protein, but it’s great for maintaining proper gut health.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber.
Vitamin K – essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting
Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
Fiber – diets high in fiber promote digestive health. A high fiber intake can also help lower cholesterol.
Potassium – a mineral and electrolyte that is essential for the function of nerves and heart contraction.
Folate – is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body.
Per 1-cup serving: 31 calories, 0.3 g fat (0 g saturated), 6 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 30 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.