In the study of nearly 1,000 older women, those who reported eating more veggies had less plaque in their carotid arteries, and cruciferous vegetables appeared to be the most beneficial. While the difference in artery-wall thickness between those who ate the most vegetables and those who ate the least was a mere .05 millimeters, that’s more significant than it sounds. A .1 millimeter decrease is linked to a 10 to 18 percent lower risk of heart attack and stroke! Lightly steam broccoli and squeeze a little lemon juice on it for a simple, delicious vegetable dish. Roast cauliflower or Brussels sprouts (another cruciferous vegetable) with olive oil and a little salt and pepper, and watch them transform into a sweet, crispy-edged treat that everyone at your table (even the kids) will devour. Make a nutritious slaw with raw, shredded cabbage, carrots, cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil. Toss any of the crucifers into soups and stews, toward the end of cooking so they don’t get mushy.
Source: Cruciferous and Total Vegetable Intakes Are Inversely Associated With Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Older Adult Women
“I love broccoli.” Paula Deen