Everyone knows broccoli is great for health. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that make it a cancer-fighting food. But did you know that there is a correct way to prepare Broccoli for getting maximum benefits out of it?
The Right Way to Prepare Broccoli
To get the most out of your broccoli, it needs to be chopped into small pieces and allowed to sit for 60-90 minutes before cooking. This allows the maximum production of Sulforaphane by maximising surface area for enzymes to work on. Sulforaphane is the phytochemical in Broccoli that is linked with its cancer prevention properties.
The other fact to know is that eating Broccoli raw is the best way to eat it. But if you don't want to eat it raw, you can lightly sautee it in a stir fry. Another way to cook lightly is to blanch the florets. Steaming also works well for broccoli.
You can enjoy broccoli soup made with blanched or steamed broccoli.
All these cooking techniques do less harm to broccoli as compared to other traditional ways of cooking like frying, roasting, baking etc.