Do you love broccoli? You should.
via Science Daily: Broccoli, prepared correctly, is an extremely potent cancer-fighting agent — three to five servings a week are enough to have an effect. To get broccoli’s benefits, though, the enzyme myrosinase has to be present; if it’s not there, sulforaphane, broccoli’s cancer-preventive and anti-inflammatory component, doesn’t form,” said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of nutrition.
Jeffery explains that people may miss out on myrosinase by overcooking their broccoli.
There’s an easy way to get the myrosinase you need: Lightly steam the broccoli so it maintains its rich green colour. And to get an even bigger boost, add broccoli sprouts to the mix. Broccoli sprouts look like alfalfa sprouts and taste a bit like radish, and they contain hefty helpings of myrosinase.
Read tips for cooking vegetables without losing nutrients. And get nutritionist Brennan Robertson’s take on the cancer-fighting benefits of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables here.