What’s not to love about broccoli? It’s high in fibre, rich in vitamins C and A, and it’s little “trees” are kind of fun to eat.
And according to the latest research, it is one thing you can eat more of – rather than starving yourself – in order to lose some weight.
Because this crunchy veggie can actually offset some of the dire complications that come with obesity, which include not only too many extra pounds, but also inflammation, high blood sugar, and fatty liver.
According to the new study published in Diabetes, it all has to do with a compound in broccoli called sulphoraphane.
When Japanese researchers fed mice a high-fat diet and then supplemented some of the diets with sulphoraphane, the sulphoraphane group of fatty-feasting mice actually gained 15 per cent less weight than the non-sulphoraphane mice gained.
They also had less fat, less signs of fatty liver, and lower blood sugar than the control group.
It appears as though sulphoraphane does help to convert fat into energy and then burn that energy off, but it’s important to note that sulforaphane isn’t a “get out of jail free” card here: The mice still gained both weight and fat as a result of eating high-fat junk.
But that weight gain didn’t have as many catastrophic effects on their overall health if they took sulphoraphane. They showed less inflammation and a better balance of gut bugs, too.
We’re starting to understand the powers of this superfood, but I’m sure there’s more to come in this growing body of evidence. The literature already shows that sulphoraphane can kill cancer cells, stopping it from spreading from one part of the body to another.
Just don’t overcook it. You’ll get more of the benefits of sulphoraphane by just lightly steaming it.
And if the thought of eating broccoli makes you cringe, sulphoraphane is naturally found in other “cruciferous” vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
Eating more vegetables rather than fast food or other fatty, processed “junk” may actually help you lose a bit of weight, too.
sulphoraphane supplements are also available at your local health food store or online.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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