Broccoli: the health food

Growing up, we all remember our parents telling us to finish our vegetables at dinner. More often than not, that meant broccoli. Although many children – and adults – turn their noses up to the green food, it might be wise to add the veggies to your plate to help combat future health concerns.

Broccoli and osteoarthritis
A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of East Anglia, has found that a compound that broccoli contains may be able to prevent or slow the progress of osteoarthritis.1 Affecting millions of people across the globe, this is probably the most common form of arthritis.2

Most individuals suffer from osteoarthritis in their hands, necks, backs, knees and hips. However, it can really affect any joint. As sufferers age, the wear-and-tear on their bones causes this condition to develop, and it only gets worse from then on.

So, what is this magical compound? It goes by the name of sulforaphane, and it may be able to slow the destruction of cartilage surrounding a person's joints. This, of course, would help to slow the onset of osteoarthritis. It's important to recognize, however, that this study was conducted on lab mice that were fed diets rich in the product.

Although you can also find sulforaphane in Brussels sprouts and cabbage, it seems to be most effective when ingested in the form of broccoli. The information that these researchers collects sets a solid foundation for reasoning that further investigations are needed. In the meantime, it may be in your best interest to up your intake of broccoli, and we've got a few suggestions for how to do so.

In a quiche
Broccoli can be enjoyed at any meal, even for breakfast. Mixed with eggs, it makes a hearty addition to the plate. You might want to try this quiche recipe,3 to get the whole family in on it:

16 ounces pre cooked, shredded potatoes
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped finely
1 3/4 cups liquid egg substitute, divided
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup smoked ham, finely diced
3/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup fresh chives, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Before you start combining any of the ingredients, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a 9-inch spring-form pan and grease it with cooking spray, generously. First, add the potatoes, 1/4 of the egg substitute, flour, oil and salt to a medium bowl and mix it all together. Spread this over the bottom of your pan and 2 inches up the sides. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.

Fill this "crust" with the broccoli, cheese and ham. Now you can whisk the remaining egg substitute with the sour cream, chives and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour this mixture over into the pan – you may want to place it on a baking sheet in case any seeps through.

It will take about 50 to 60 minutes for this to bake all the way through. If the middle does not appear to have set, keep it in the oven a little longer. Once it's done, run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen your quiche. Serve it in wedges and enjoy!

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1 University of East Anglia, "Broccoli could be key in the fight against osteoarthritis" August 28, 2013
2 Mayo Clinic, "Osteoarthritis: definition" April 9, 2013
3 Eating Well, "Broccoli, ham and cheese quiche" September/October 2012

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