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Combat Obesity with Broccoli - How Broccoli Defeats Obesity


Broccoli is more than just a high-fiber, low calorie food. It also contains a powerful phytochemical that can help defeat obesity.


I’m sure most of us can still hear our moms saying “Eat Your Broccoli – it’s good for you.” As always, mom knows best. Broccoli contains a phytonutrient known as sulforaphane which most commonly known for its positive cancer prevention properties. Researchers now believe that it may also help in the fight against obesity.

Sulforaphane is an isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale.

Researchers with Kanazawa University has found that sulforaphane helped reduce weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet by 15%. The team also found that the nutrient helped reduce visceral fat – the abdominal fat that surrounds the organs and is most detrimental to health.

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Sulforaphane appears to be involved in energy consumption and fat burning in addition to improving one’s gut bacteria flora which contributes to weight gain. The compounds are also anti-inflammatory and act as an antioxidant.

Americans today do not eat enough cruciferous vegetables – and health experts suggest that we eat 1 serving per day (or at the very least, two or three times per week.)

Journal Reference:
Naoto Nagata, Tsuguhito Ota et al. Glucoraphanin Ameliorates Obesity and Insulin Resistance Through Adipose Tissue Browning and Reduction of Metabolic Endotoxemia in Mice. Diabetes, 2017; db160662 DOI: 10.2337/db16-0662

Additional Resources:
World’s Healthiest Foods
Linus Pauling Institute of the Oregon State University

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