Broccoli Prevents Cancer?
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
If you eat broccoli every day, you’ll have a lower risk of cancer.
WHAT WE KNOW
It is true that broccoli contains nutrients and other important substances that appear to help to fight cancer. Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family which also includes cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Chinese cabbage, collards, kale and mustard greens, to name a few. All of these vegetables are similar to broccoli in nutritional value and contain the same cancer fighting substances. However, broccoli has been more commonly studied.
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Population Studies Results from studies of different populations have found associations between intake of broccoli and other cabbage family vegetables and cancer; those who ate more of these vegetables had a lower risk for some cancers.
Laboratory Studies In laboratory studies with animals and with cancer cells, substances in broccoli thought to be responsible for fighting cancer have blocked cancer causing agents. Studies in humans are needed to see if eating broccoli has the same effects and in what amounts.
You can’t go wrong including different vegetables from the cabbage family as part of your daily intake of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Check out our broccoli recipes.