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Stay Young! Eat Broccoli!

The Victor crew talked about broccoli before, but here is another reason to eat your broccoli:

According to a paper published in the journal Cell Metabolism, that a compound called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) found in broccoli plays a key role in metabolism. When they added it to drinking water of normal aging mice, it gave the mice the energy and metabolism levels of younger mice. As we age, the capacity to produce a major element of energy called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) diminishes.

The team studied three groups of healthy male mice. When they were five months old, they gave one group a high dose of the altered water, another group a lower dose, and another regular water serving as a control. The researchers gave the groups some tests at the beginning and then every three months thereafter until they were seventeen months old. Typically laboratory mice live for about two years.

Those with the higher doses of NMN gained less weight even as they aged and consumed more food because of the metabolism boost. They were also able to produce more NAD as well.


Roasting Vegetables

The Victor crew wanted to see what vegetables are best for roasting and how best to roast them. Here is what we found out.

The best vegetables to roast:
Just about anything!
Brussels sprouts
Butternut squash
Green beans
Sweet peppers
Sweet potatoes

How to roast:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut vegetables into equal pieces. Toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on parchment-lined or foil-lined baking sheet. Roast until a knife tip or fork easily pierces the vegetables with no resistance. The larger the cuts, the longer it will take to roast.

If you mix different vegetables on the same baking sheet, be aware some vegetables may cook quicker than others.

Steve Victor

Are you eating because you’re hungry?

Or are you eating because you can. Are you emotionally hungry, bored hungry, stressed hungry, or really hungry. There’s a simple test. Ask yourself, “Would I eat broccoli right now?” If the answer is yes, you are truly hungry. If the answer is no, then maybe you aren’t really hungry. If broccoli isn’t your thing, then maybe you can substitute another healthy vegetable like cauliflower or green beans; or maybe a healthy fruit like an apple.

Whatever you consider a healthy food, just ask yourself if you’d eat that particular item instead of the chocolate candy or donut in your hand. If you’re really hungry, you’d be better off eating that broccoli or apple instead of the candy or donut. Ask yourself if that candy or donut would really make you feel better or if you are mindlessly eating it because it’s there.

It might be best to wait until you actually have hunger pangs before eating that snack. You’d be surprised by how little you really need to eat during the day. It’s mind over matter. Maybe you just need a distraction – like a walk or a good book.

In any case, think before you eat.

Steve Victor

So what in the world is Romanesco?

Sometimes called cauliflower, sometimes called broccoli, sometimes even called cabbage, the only fractal vegetable with the spirals of a Fibonacci number, the Romanesco is indeed an enigma. Though greenish in color, it more resembles a cauliflower but the taste is said to be more like broccoli. It has been cultivated in Italy since the 16th century. It’s supposed to have the texture of cauliflower and the taste of broccoli. This writer will try it before the next post and be able to give a first-hand description of it, Steve and Jody.

Look for compact firm buds, little discoloration (not yellow or brown).

It is in season in fall and early winter. You would cook it like cauliflower or broccoli – steamed, baked, roasted. It supposed to be good in pasta dishes.

Let’s learn about Broccoli

My dad, Jody, wanted me to find out more about broccoli so I did some research. Here is some information I found out.

Broccoli is in the cabbage family. Its name comes from the plural of the Italian word broccolo meaning the flowering top of a cabbage. It is a man-made plant cultivated from leafy cole crops in the northern Mediterranean region. It was first brought to the US by Italian immigrants in the 1920s. Broccoli is a cool weather crop.

How to choose:
Look for bright green, compact florets. Avoid woody stems and yellow flowers. Store dry in the refrigerator and try to use within a week. If the stems are brownish or show cracks on bottom it is probably older than you want.

How to cook:
Broccoli can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, roasted, sauteed. You can also put it in soups, on pizza, in casseroles, in a pasta dish, or on the side.

Health Benefits:
Containing only 31 calories per cup, chopped, you can fill up on this vegetable. It contains many nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium and fiber. It may help control high blood pressure and help prevent colon cancer. The latest research claims it may prevent osteoarthritis.

~ Steve Victor