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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

To B or not to B!

After reading an awesome Instagram post from my amazing godson, I realized that I have to make this month's posts important.  His inspiration from his dedication to his grandmother, whom he has never met because she passed before he was born, overcame me.  "Mama Bear" passed from breast cancer.   My grandmother also passed from this terrible disease.  I credit my grandmother for giving me the best gift ever - an introduction to Jesus. 

The next letter in the alphabet is B.  Broccoli is a serious cancer fighter that is affordable and easy to prepare.  Don't cook it too long.  Vegies lose most of its nutrient value when heated above degrees.  Kristie Leong, M.D. wrote an article stating that steaming broccoli in a metal or bamboo steamer retains most of its nutrients, particularly the anticancer agent gucusinolate - http://voices.yahoo.com/how-cook-vegetables-without-losing-their-vitamins-352528.html.  Amazon has a great bamboo steamer for $14.99 and it's eligible for Free Super Saving Shipping on orders over $25 -
http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-26-0013-10-Inch-Steamer/dp/B0001VQIYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349183786&sr=8-1&keywords=steamer+bamboo

Did you know that the body absorbs more calcium from broccoli than milk - yep, you read it right - more calcium from broccoli than milk.  Livestrong.com's article states that "only 30 percent of the calcium in dairy is absorbed, compared to more than 50 percent absorption of calcium from broccoli" - http://www.livestrong.com/article/117287-broccoli-high-calcium-foods/#ixzz289ATcxoZ

Broccoli is on the "safe" veggie list.  This list is composed of vegetables and fruits that can be eaten conventional.  The Daily Green places Broccoli on its "The Clean 15: Foods You Don't Have To Buy Organic" list - http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/Save-on-Sustainable-Gallery-44032808You can find great deals at Aldi's, Save-A-Lot, Target, Walmart and local grocers. Publix has 2 bunches for $4.

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