The Broccoli Theory

I know that cruciferous vegetables are good for you. I even know that they have anti-cancer properties, but I had no idea that the risk of death from breast cancer is actually cut in half by eating them. And it appears that you only need to eat one serving a day. That seems so easy!

And yet…

I do not do this. I am lucky to eat one serving a week of cruciferous vegetables (and that’s being generous in my estimation). I just tend to gravitate to other veggies. Clearly that needs to change! Read Dr. Gregor’s recent report on cruciferous veggies and breast cancer here.

So you might be wondering: what exactly constitutes a cruciferous vegetable? Most people think of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage right off the bat, but here is the most comprehensive list I could find on the Internet (source):

  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Daikon radish
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Land cress
  • Mustard greens
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Turnip
  • Watercress

Of course, some of these I have never even heard of, but certainly there are a lot more options than I thought. One serving a day… I can do this!


Another recommendation came through for me for the use of my blueberries, so tonight I made Ann Esselstyn’s (yes, wife of the famed doctor) Easy Blueberry Muffins. Ethan proclaimed, “these muffins are delicious!!!” And they are! (Or were…) I guess I’ll make another batch tomorrow. 🙂

If you are newer plant based eater, you may not have all the ingredients on hand, but luckily, I did! The only thing I substituted was almond milk for the oat milk. And it said 1/3 cup (or less) of a sweetener, so I used a 1/4 cup of honey and that was plenty sweet for us.


IMDb: The Broccoli Theory (1996)

4 thoughts on “The Broccoli Theory

  1. Checked the posts and was eating broccoli and rice as a opened yours… A very good omen … Tonight I have ready Bok choy and Red Cabbage… Big tick for today!!!

  2. An African-American with southern roots, I have had a long-term relationship with turnip and mustard greens, A salad at lunch time is my daily routine, so I consume a bit of most of these veggies on a daily basis. Must confess, before retirement five years ago, lunches were usually fast foods. Thank u for sharing these helpful nutritional posts.

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