We hate to have to break the news to you, but Mom was right: it turns out that broccoli is basically a food superstar. Still, while we give mom props for always looking out for us, that doesn’t mean her mushy, limp side dish did this nutrient-packed veggie justice. (Yeah. Sorry, mom.) So here’s why it’s worth it to give broccoli another go:
Broccoli is full of potassium and folate—which helps prevent anemia—and it also gives you solid doses of vitamins A, C, and B6.
It’s a major cancer fighter. (Key word here: major.) Broccoli contains something called sulforaphane, which may help combat prostate, liver, lung, bladder, skin, and stomach cancer. Plus it’s rich in compounds that boost healthy tumor suppressors—and destroy ineffective ones.
Broccoli is great fuel, because with 5 grams of fiber per cup, it helps you fill up fast.
And (drumroll please…) “it’s virtually fat- and sodium-free, and only weighs in at about 55 calories per cup,” says Elisa Zied, R.D., a registered dietician in New York City.
Hungry? Thought so. Luckily, we’ve got five easy ways you can add broccoli to your diet—no mushy side dishes included.