Not only is broccoli low in calories and inexpensive, but it's readily available year-round and easy to prepare as well. It's delicious lightly steamed, tossed into stir-fries, eaten raw in salads, used as a topping for pizza and pasta dishes, and puréed for soups. And as if all that weren't enough, it's also one of the healthiest vegetables around!
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K and a good source of iron, folate, fiber, and calcium. And one cup of steamed broccoli has only 44 calories — what a bargain!
Health-wise, broccoli is a powerhouse. It contains some very important cancer-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli have been linked with a lower risk of colon, prostate, lung, and other cancers. Phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables may also offer some protection from substances in grilled and broiled meats that have been linked with colon cancer.
Other antioxidants found in broccoli, lutein and zeaxanthin, help prevent cataracts and protect vision, and the calcium in broccoli helps you maintain bone mass and keep your bones strong.