|Posted on June 24, 2017 at 7:10 AM|
Can eating broccoli give you better blood sugar numbers? Indeed it can!
A new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine reports that the naturally occurring compound, sulforaphane, lowers blood sugar.
Researchers found that sulforaphane, already known to be a powerful anti-cancer and anti-microbial phytochemical that is produced by chewing cruciferous vegetables, also reduces blood sugar by decreasing the amount of sugar that the liver makes. The liver makes its own sugar and spills it into the blood which raises blood sugar numbers when you're not looking.
Found in highest concentrations in broccoli, sulforaphane is also found in Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, broccoli sprouts, chinese broccoli, broccoli raab, kohlrabi, mustard, turnip, radish, and watercress.
But, sulphoraphane can only do its fancy work when you chop, blend, chew -- somehow break open the plant-cell walls that keep sulphorane locked inside. If you're swallowing your broccoli without chewing thoroughly, you're flushing most of that miraculous compound down the toilet.