Soup is an best way to get more antioxidant and vegetables like broccoli is one of them, it nourish body, boost the metabolism and eliminating toxins. Broccoli has twice the vitamin C of an orange, almost as much calcium as whole milk and good levels of vitamin C, B vitamins, minerals like manganese, potassium and copper, dietary fiber. It also has selenium, which possess great anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.
Study shows that eating broccoli may help prevent cancer mostly of colon and prostate cancer, but its effectiveness is linked to our cooking method. Cooking methods like boiling and microwaving, however, destroy myrosinase. Because broccoli contains an enzyme called myrosinase that activate sulforaphane compound which mostly found in cruciferous vegetables and possess anti-cancer properties.
Best Way To Cook Broccoli
When the enzyme myrosinase reacts with glucoraphanin it produce sulforaphane, and the reaction occurs when these two compounds mix, often caused by the chewing of the plant. It is very important to cook broccoli in a manner that will retain its important nutrients and enzymes and best way to preserve myrosinase is to lightly steam broccoli for no more than 3 to 5 minutes.
Creamy Broccoli Anti-cancer Soup Recipe
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups fresh broccoli, including stems, set aside florets after steaming.
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup feta cheese (optional)
Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot.
Sauté onion and celery 4-5 minutes until softened.
Add potatoes and broccoli stems, sauté 2 minutes.
Now add broth and almond milk, bring to a boil.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
When simmered and vegetables tenderized, Pour soup into blender and puree until very smooth.
When serving garnish the bowls with a lot of broccoli buds and feta cheese– this way the sulforaphane will be produced.
Makes 6 servings.
When making creamy broccoli soup, myrosinase is destroyed during the simmering time. That’s why we are using tiny flower buds of broccoli to garnish the soup and retain myrosinase.
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