Broccoli in Moderation

We often think of broccoli as a superfood, one of those perfectly healthy foods.  It’s packed full of fiber and antioxidants, with none of those trans fats or refined sugars.  However, broccoli may not be healthy for the reasons you might think.

Broccoli contains a mild toxin to repel insects and pests.  When we ingest broccoli, that same toxin is a mild stressor for our cells, causing the human cell to manufacture it’s own antioxidants.  That stressor triggers our cells to release a protective factor, which is the real antioxidant benefit of broccoli.

Another piece of broccoli trivia:  if you eat loads of these “little trees” each day, it can interfere with thyroid functioning.  Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like turnip greens, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and rutabegas all contain isothiocyanates, a compound that interferes with thyroid functioning.  In other words, too much broccoli could actually slow down your thyroid gland and cause weight gain.

Here you have it-the proof that everything should be eaten in moderation, even broccoli!  There is no “good” or “bad” food since even the most healthy foods can have negative benefits.  Always steam your broccoli or eat it raw (yuck), and never microwave.  Microwaving kills the digestive enzymes we need, so use your steamer.

That’s all for today, folks.  It’s so steamy outside that I’ll opt for chilled broccoli today.  Maybe that and a venti frozen frapuccino….