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You’ll Never Believe What America’s Favorite Vegetable Is

Eat This, Not That! logo Eat This, Not That! 6/13/2018 April Benshosan

Farmer's market veggies © Twenty20 Farmer's market veggies It's no wonder why this waist-cinching, cancer-fighting veggie won America's heart.

Although only one in ten people gets the daily recommended amount of vegetables, we still think Americans have a definitive favorite. In preparation for this year’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day, which falls on June 17th, Green Giant surveyed nearly 4,000 Americans to find out which produce ranks number one. And—drumroll, please—it’s broccoli!

The mini trees stole the hearts of a whopping 47 percent of all U.S. states, trumping sweet corn, which came in a close second. Surprisingly enough, kitchen staples such as onions, peppers, celery, and spinach didn’t even make the list. And kale? The green king was also snubbed.

The Health Benefits of Broccoli

Although we’re a bit surprised about the outcome, broccoli’s stellar nutritional profile justifies its winning title. The cruciferous veggie packs in collagen-building vitamin C, bone-protecting vitamin K, and nerve-regulating potassium in addition to a decent dose of fiber. In fact, just one stalk contains nearly four grams of the belly-filling macro—that’s over 15 percent of your daily recommended amount! And the long list of body-loving benefits doesn’t end there: A recent Kanazawa University study found that sulforaphane, the detoxifying phytochemical found in broccoli, can help prevent cancer and obesity while another study published in the Global Advances in Health and Medicine journal found that the compound can ameliorate the symptoms of Autism.

Looking to incorporate more of America’s favorite superfood into your own diet? Combine broccoli florets with a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and cheddar, and then pour it into an oiled skillet, allowing it to cook on medium heat until the eggs are set for a delicious breakfast frittata. Not a fan of eating your veggies first thing in the morning? Roast the stalks with minced garlic, salt, cayenne, and a bit of quality olive oil (to unlock the fat-soluble nutrients) and then pair the veggie with one of our 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss for dinner tonight! You can also throw the stalks into a homemade veggie broth or blend them in a food processor to make pesto.

Gallery: 20 best & worst store-bought salad dressings 20 Best & Worst Store-Bought Salad Dressings: Find out which store-bought dressings will help you streamline salad prep without undoing your bod goals. Whether your incentive is to lose weight fast or improve your overall health, tossing your own homemade salad with a healthy salad dressing is a great way to get your greens in. But if you’re opting for store-bought salad dressings, the sauce may be the reason you’re not witnessing your waistline whittle down. Why? The bottled brand you buy will play a role in how many calories you consume.In fact, many bottled salad toppers are jam-packed with bloating amounts of salt and sugar in addition to sketchy dyes and preservatives. So why taint your nutritious bowl with these health-undoing ingredients? If you’re bored of plain ol’ olive oil and lemon juice or don’t have the time or ingredients to whip up a flavorful salad dressing at home, we’ve put together a guide that’ll help you sort through the good and bad bottles at the supermarket.Ideally, you want your healthy salad dressing to contain less than 250 milligrams of salt and less than 3 grams of sugar per two tablespoons. And while “fat-free” dressings may seem synonymous with fitting into your skinny jeans again, that’s not actually the case. You want your topper to contain some healthy fats, which help your body absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K—slimming nutrients found in many salad staples such as spinach and tomatoes.Find out if your favorite salad dressing made the cut below, and if you want healthy recipes, supermarket shopping guides, and essential nutrition tips at your fingertips, subscribe to the new Eat This, Not That! magazine now! For a limited time, you can save 50 percent off the cover price—click here! 20 Best & Worst Store-Bought Salad Dressings


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