Is Broccoli Good for Muscle Building?

Q: Why do bodybuilders appear to eat more broccoli than any other vegetables? Are there some particular constituents to it that make it a better choice?
A: Broccoli appears to be the vegetable that’s singled out as the veg of choice for bodybuilders. You only have to look at a few sample meal plans for bodybuilders, aimed at both cutting and bulking, and you will see broccoli mentioned.
Well, it’s singled out for a very good reason since it is a nutritional powerhouse of a vegetable. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, comprising nearly 100 mg per 100 g (the 100 gram figures I quote are for cooked weight; raw values are reduced due to the greater bulk), and its characteristic dark green colour tells us it is high in carotenoids and vitamin B2 (also known as Riboflavin). The exact same 100 g provides around 39 milligrams of folic acid, 35 mg of calcium, and 58 mg of vitamin C. Additionally it will supply around 2 g of protein, 2 g of fiber, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 as well as the minerals iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Lots of men and women tend only to consume the florets and leave the stems and leaves. If you like their bitter taste, the leaves are also good source of vitamin A, and if you also munch on the stalks you get the additional benefits of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, along with the goodies found in the florets. If you stick to the florets, which make up most bags of frozen broccoli, then you’re going to get around 35% more beta-carotene than from fresh broccoli.
Broccoli is also a rich source of chromium, an element which may work to assist the action of insulin in people with a slight glucose intolerance. It also contains sulforaphane which stimulates enzymes that are known to fight cancer, as well as encouraging the beneficial actions of such favorable compounds as indoles and aromatic isothiocyanates that have been linked to better health in regard to cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
Another positive is the fact that broccoli, along with onion, cabbage and carrots, contains calcium pectate (a pectin fiber ) that binds to bile acids to hold more cholesterol in the liver, meaning less is released into the bloodstream.
You can see that broccoli really is a mighty vegetable and is worth a place on your dinner plate. But I’m still not really sure why it’s singled out above other green vegetables, because all green vegetables carry some of the above positives, and each also has its own unique characteristics. So include broccoli on your diet, but don’t worry if you really can’t stand it as you can still obtain great nutrition by consuming a range of other vegetables daily.
REMEMBER: There is not any one food you have to have, despite what some folks say! If you dislike something, do not eat it. There are plenty of suitable alternatives to pick from. Read advice but stay open-minded and find out what works for you. Enjoy your food!

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