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Steamed broccoli: 10 health benefits of broccoli and how to cook it properly

Eating steamed broccoli has many health benefits but what's the easiest way to cook it - and why is it so good for you?

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Eating steamed broccoli is the best way to preserve the nutrientsPhoto: sk8geek / Flickr

If your childhood was anything like mine – then the sight of broccoli lounging on the side of a dinner plate made you die a little inside. Oh, the foolishness of youth.

It wasn’t until later in life that I learned how these little beauties were practically exploding with the kind of vitamins your body needs to run at maximum capacity. We’re talking about a vegetable that can aid in both your cut and your bulk, provide you with natural energy, and help you recover faster after an injury. Cast your childhood grudge aside and embrace the far-reaching benefits of the humble broccoli – your future body will thank you.

However, as good as broccoli is for you, it requires a helping hand in order to deliver on its nutritious promises.

The preparation of broccoli is all-important, and could mean the difference between a well-loaded serving of vitamins and one that is almost devoid of them. Boiling is an easy way to prepare broccoli, but a lot of easy things – it comes with a price as it saps the vegetable of many of its nutrients. Some people even add salt and butter to their broccoli, which is a cardinal sin if you’re trying to avoid extra calories and are mindful of your blood-pressure.

Why you should eat steamed broccoli

Steaming is, by far, the best way to cook broccoli as it preserves the vast majority of vitamins the vegetable has to offer. Though there is around a 20 per cent loss of vitamin C in steamed broccoli, the other vitamins will remain largely in-tact – a meagre sacrifice if you can’t fathom the taste of raw broccoli.

And don’t worry, steaming is simple.

If you’re using a head of broccoli, cut the stalk off while keeping as much of the crown as possible – those florets can’t go to waste. Then you simply cut each floret into halves to make them easier to prepare.

Grab yourself a pot and fill it with about two inches of water, making sure that the water doesn’t touch the bottom of your steaming basket. Set to a medium-high heat on your stove until the water below is simmering, then add your broccoli florets to the basket for a good five-minute steaming session. You’ll know they’re ready to be eaten when they’re nice and soft. Your steamed broccoli is ready. Simple.

Not simple enough? You can easily steam your broccoli using a microwave and a microwaveable dish. Simply place your broccoli inside the dish along with three tablespoons of water, cover the dish with microwaveable film, and nuke those veggies on high for 3-4 minutes.

10 health benefits of eating broccoli

Now that you’re finally adept in the art of making perfect steamed broccoli – it’s time to remind you why exactly you’ve gone through all the trouble.

Broccoli is a body-shaping superfood, and here’s ten reasons why it should be a staple in your diet.

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