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Science discovers the healthiest way to eat broccoli

Science discovers the healthiest way to eat broccoli

Science discovers the healthiest way to eat broccoli

Eliza Cracknell bodyandsoul.com.au

Here’s how to get the maximum health benefits from the vegetable.

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Researchers in China have discovered the healthiest way to cook and eat broccoli.

A dietitian favourite, broccoli has anti-inflammatory properties, helps detox the body and is high in vitamins A and K.

It also contains a compound known as sulforaphane, which previous studies suggest helps to maintain a person's blood sugar levels and may even have properties that fight cancer.

Researchers, from Zhejiang University, got broccoli from the local market and experimented with different ways of cooking it. They found that chopping the vegetable into 2mm pieces and letting them 'sit' for 90 minutes before gently stir-frying increases the broccoli’s sulforaphane levels by 2.8 times.

Researchers are unclear why this occurs but they believe waiting before chopping the broccoli could help the sulforaphane to 'develop'.

They also believe that leaving the vegetable for 30 minutes to sit might be sufficient but say it’s important to chop broccoli as sulforaphane can only be absorbed if the vegetable is 'damaged'.

The findings were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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