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Is Broccoli Good for Muscles?

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Q: Why do bodybuilders seem to eat more broccoli than any other vegetables? Are there some special constituents to it which make it a better option?
A: Broccoli seems to be the vegetable that is singled out as the veg of choice for bodybuilders.
Well, it’s singled out for a very good reason as it’s a nutritional powerhouse of a vegetable. It’s a rich source of Vitamin A, comprising nearly 100 mg per 100 g (the 100 gram figures I quote are for cooked fat; raw values are reduced due to the greater majority ), and its characteristic dark green color tells us it is high in carotenoids and vitamin B2 (also known as Riboflavin). The exact same 100 g provides around 39 mg of folic acid, 35 milligrams of calcium, and 58 milligrams of vitamin C. Also it will supply around 2 g of protein, 2 g of fiber, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 in addition to the minerals iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Many men and women tend only to consume the florets and leave the stems and leaves. If you like their sour taste, the leaves are also excellent source of vitamin A, and in the event that you also munch on the stalks you get the added benefits of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, along with the goodies located in the florets. If you stick to the florets, which constitute most bags of frozen broccoli, then you’ll get around 35% more beta-carotene than from fresh broccoli.
Broccoli is also a rich source of chromium, an element which might work to assist the action of insulin in people with a slight glucose intolerance. Additionally, it contains sulforaphane which stimulates enzymes that are known to fight cancer, as well as encouraging the beneficial actions of such friendly compounds as indoles and aromatic isothiocyanates which have been linked to better health in regard to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
Another positive is the fact that broccoli, together with onion, carrots and cabbage, contains calcium pectate (a pectin fibre) that binds to bile acids to hold more cholesterol in the liver, meaning less is released into the bloodstream.
You can see that broccoli really is a mighty vegetable and is well worth a place in your dinner plate. But I am still not really certain why it’s singled out over other green vegetables, because all green vegetables carry a number of the above positives, and each also has its own unique characteristics. So include broccoli in your diet, but do not worry if you really can not stand it as you can still obtain great nutrition by consuming a range of other vegetables daily.
REMEMBER: There is no one food you have to have, despite what some folks say! If you dislike something, don’t eat it. There are loads of suitable alternatives to pick from. Learn about nutrition and what suits you! Read advice but stay open-minded and find out what works for you.
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