But a popular method of cooking broccoli may be removing some of those nutritious compounds.
According to Dan Souza, author of The Science of Good Cooking, simply dropping a head of fresh broccoli in a pot of boiling water is one of the worst ways to prepare it, as it kills many of the vegetable’s nutrients, including vitamins B and C.
Instead, broccoli should be cooked in a microwave. “You’re essentially steaming it inside there,” Souza said. “There’s really no place for nutrients to go. It stays in the vegetable.”
And it’s also much faster than waiting for a pot of water to boil on the stove.
According to Souza, this is the perfect way to prepare broccoli:
- Fill a large glass bowl with broccoli.
- Add a tablespoon of water to the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a plate.
- Microwave on high for a few minutes.
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