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February 17 - Heart Month Tip of the Day - Eat your Broccoli!
02/17/2010

We’ve all been told to eat our broccoli – but now there is a proven reason why it's a good idea and good for your heart.

Researchers have found evidence that a chemical in broccoli and other green leafy vegetables may boost our bodies’ natural defense that protects arteries from clogging - the cause of heart attacks.

In a study, the researchers found that sulforaphane - a compound occurring naturally in broccoli - could 'turn on' a protective protein which is inactive in parts of the arteries vulnerable to clogging. This study provides a possible explanation for how green vegetable consumption can promote a healthy heart. Plus all that fiber is a bonus, too.

So eat up! Not your favorite veg? Have you tried roasting your broccoli? Clinicians at the Provena Mercy Medical Center suggest roasting broccoli with olive oil to bring out broccoli’s natural nutty flavor – plus you get the added benefit of olive oil – a good fat!

Here's a recipe. Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into florets
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon -- make it fresh!
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees . Toss broccoli florets with olive oil. Arrange florets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with sea salt. Bake

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