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Eat the Yucky Stuff

Eat the Yucky Stuff

Julie Deardorff | Tulsa World


Turnoffs: Sulfurous smell.

Turn-ons: An abundance of antioxidants makes broccoli one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. Aside from its anti-cancer properties such as sulforaphane, broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse that contains vitamins A, C and K, as well as folate and fiber. Has antibacterial properties.

How to eat it: Use it in dips, casseroles, soups, lasagna, stir- fry and salads, suggested chef Dana Jacobi, author of 10 best- selling cookbooks.


Turnoffs: Earthy flavor, slippery texture, can turn urine a startling pink color.

Turn-ons: An excellent liver tonic and blood purifier. Beets have betaine and folate, which work to reduce homocystein, a naturally occurring amino acid that can be harmful to blood vessels, said nutrition expert Jonny Bowden in his book “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.” High in potassium, which is also important for heart health. Contains the most sugar of any vegetable, yet is low in calories.

How to eat them: Baked, broiled, steamed or shredded raw and added to salads. The leaves have even more nutritional value than the roots.