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RUSSELL_40
Posts: 16,790
9/18/12 12:07 P

I think the point here is about volume. After cooking , you could put 7/5th as much broccoli into 2 cups.Thats why there is 7 g instead of 5.



NIRERIN
Posts: 11,762
9/18/12 8:12 A

two cups of raw broccoli would cook down. so your two cups of raw with 5 grams protein would end up being around 1.3 cups once you cook it. so it's not losing or gaining any protein by cooking it, it's just that by cooking it more of it will fit into a cup.
it's like potatoes. 100 g or raw potato has about 100 cals. 80 g of baked potato has about 100 cals. a 100 g raw potato, once baked will only weigh about 80 g. it's not that cooking adds or removes protein, it just tends to change the weight of something.
or popcorn. a cup of unpopped kernels has about 650 cals. if you pop it all out, it's still 650 cals of popcorn, it just takes up twenty cups or so now. you're not changing the cals in the original thing, just the amount you're actually measuring.
as far as accuracy goes, i know that a frozen chopped cup runs you about 6. so basically the only difference is going to be in how many grams you're actually getting in a cup. the more grams, the more protein because the more food you're actually fitting into that cup.



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,761
9/18/12 7:44 A

Brocolli shrinks due to water loss. Raw broccoli takes a long time to convert to glucose in your body, when you cook it converts to glucose faster . It also becomes sweeter when cooked. Taste the difference.

Either way brocolli is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Lightly steaming or quickly sautéing will retain the nutrients. Broccoli is high in fiber, it has cholesterol reducing properties that help maintain heart health and can aid in digestion, its low in calories and provides protein too.
It mayeven boost levels of vitamin "D". It can help control diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and block some the growth of certain forms of cancer cells. Brocolli has chemicals called indoles which repairs DNA cells.

There are so many ways to incorporate Broccoli into your daily diet. Steamed, boiled, microwaved, stir-fried, or raw. Eaten raw in a salad or as an hors d'oeuvre, steamed with slivered almonds and sesame seeds, cut up to enhance any pasta dish, a casserole, a main ingredient in hot homemade soup, stir-fried with chicken, pork or sliced beef or just as a side dish.

Brocolli is one of the best foods you can eat. Proteins help digestion and proteins have needed amino acids...A healthy diet should include 2 to 3 servings of lean protein each day



MUSIC_MUTT
Posts: 54
9/18/12 6:22 A

Dear Spark Expert, the "Eat to Live" book says to get protein from non-starchy vegetables. Broccoli is a great source. From the Nutrition Tracker, I read 5 grams of protein in two cups of raw brocolli, and 7 grams in the same measure of cooked. Why, do the cut pieces shrink? More importantly are these protein values accurate?



 
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