With an increasing obsession about healthy eating, something new comes up every other day and this time, it is broccoli coffee. The concept of broccoli coffee was developed by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and Hort innovation in Australia.
According to a research, an average person in Australia does not eat enough vegetables every day and broccoli powder may prove to be a great idea to help address this problem, along with the problem of weight loss.
How is it made?
Making broccoli coffee is simple. Broccoli is dried and grounded into a fine powder. This powder can be added to your coffee to get all the health benefits of broccoli. One serving of vegetable is equal to two tablespoons of broccoli powder. This is also a great way to eat those green vegetables that we don’t really enjoy eating.
Broccoli protects you from heart disease, cancer and promotes weight loss. Also, coffee is something that people drink daily and that is why, adding the powder to coffee makes complete sense. But if you can’t just add this powder to your coffee, you can simply add this to your smoothies, fruits, oats or salads.
Broccoli and weight loss
Not only low in calories, broccoli is also packed with essential nutrients and fibre, which gives you a feeling of fullness. Micronutrients present in it support weight loss by breaking down fats.
One cup of this green veggie provides you with 100 per cent Vitamin C and Vitamin K you need on a daily basis. According to an article published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2017, less fat is burned in people who have low levels of vitamin C and people who consume a higher amount of vitamin C usually weigh less than those who don’t. It is also a good source of folate, vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and potassium.
Low energy density foods are an important part of a weight loss programme and broccoli is one of them. These foods have few calories per gram of food and thus, you can consume their large portions and still restrict calories. It is full of water and fibre, of which 90 per cent is water. Fibre absorbs water and expands and thus, keeps you fuller for longer and stops you from bingeing. This green veggie is also a good source of phytochemicals, sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, which are said to lower body weight. Weight loss supporting nutrients like vitamin C, chromium and calcium are also present in broccoli.