Locating nutrients in Broccoli ?

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  1. berndy

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    It is said that broccoli is very good for you. Where are the most nutrients ? In the florets only ? Or in the stems too ?
     
  2. phatch

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    You're using a loaded term, nutrients. Nutrients encompass a wide range of things: fiber, flavinoids, tocophenols and so on, not just vitamins and minerals. 

    The stems are more fibrous, and fiber is an in important nutrient many people lack. Flowers get a lot of the plants energy and have a wide range of chemicals. Some are good for us, some aren't. Broccoli carries a fair amount of sulphur compounds. 

    So what do you mean by nutrients?  Personally, I prefer the stems to the florets as far as flavor and texture go. It's one reason I like gai lan so much.
     
  3. berndy

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    by nutrient in broccoli I mean the "stuff" that makes it better than other vegetables. Is there more in the flower or in the stem?
     
  4. ordo

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    Oh, please, reread Patch's reply.
     
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  5. koukouvagia

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    Thats like asking which is more useful, your arms or your legs? It's all good just eat it ad don't think about it too much. Don't overcook it.
     
  6. kokopuffs

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    Try googling your question, Berndy, and I used to teach nutrition as part of my Health Science Class.
     
  7. genemachine

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    Going full biochemistry PhD nitpicking mode here, but fiber is not a nutrient as such, since it is not digested and used. Important, though, so you are technically right :)
     
  8. kokopuffs

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    Insoluble fiber more or less wipes "clean" the interior of the digestive tract.
     
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  9. genemachine

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    Didn't say I had no use - just technical nitpicking. If it ain't digested, it ain't no nutrient. The value of fibre for gastrointestinal health is clear, as you say.
     
  10. kokopuffs

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    If I correctly recall from my days of teaching, the two foods having the widest range of nutrients (drum roll, please) are broccoli and mackerel.
     
  11. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    The Nutrition Panel for food in the US includes a spot for Dietary Fiber measured in grams under the Carbohydrates category.

    Thus my thinking on fiber as a nutrient.
     
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    To me a nutrient is a substance needed by the human body that it cannot manufacture on its own.
     
  13. genemachine

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    A bit problematic, to me. I mean, the body can manufactury the non-essential amino acids and fatty acids, for example, but it still appreciates getting them with the food. Anyway, my post above was really just nitpicking for the sake of it... /img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif