Thursday, January 21, 2010

What NOT to Do With Your Broccoli

Broccoli is believed to be the most nutritious greens around. Broccoli even trumps brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, and collards when it comes to packing in the good stuff. It has vitamin C, folate, vitamin B complex, iron, potassium - and everything our bodies supposedly need to grow up strong.

Of course, to get broccoli's benefits, I have to eat it. And I am very picky when it comes to how my broccoli is prepared. It's not about the taste, it's about preserving as much nutrients as I can. According to health experts - there are just some things you DON'T do with broccoli:

* Overcook it. Cook your broccoli however you like it just don't overdo it. Overcooking lets nutrients escape, leaving you with wilted, bitter, and nutrient-less broccoli.

* Serve it unwashed. Eating broccoli raw is good. But wash it first because there's no way of knowing whether it has been contaminated during prep or while in transit.

* Nuke it. Microwaving your broccoli is the fastest way to cook it based on my experience. But as I learned, it's also the fastest way to leak the nutrients out.

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