Thursday, February 17, 2011

Beneficial Vegetables Your Family Should be Eating!

Choose Cruciferous Vegetables. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, mustard greens and brussels sprouts all contain nitrogen compounds called indoles, which may protect against certain cancers. These dark-green vegetables are also great sources of cancer-fighting carotenoids (most notably, beta carotene) and they all supply generous amounts of vitamin C and fiber.

Check out broccoli. Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse! One cup of chopped broccoli supplies a whopping 90% of the daily recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, 200% of the RDA for vitamin C, significant amounts of niacin, calcium, thiamine, phosphorous and 25% of your daily fiber needs. In addition to these valuable assets, broccoli has reportedly been a possible cancer fighter. Some of the substances in broccoli, such as sulforaphane, are thought to help protect against cancer. All of these benefits and only 45 calories!

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