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Go green

Broccoli

What can broccoli do for you? Well, for one thing, it has folate, which is the natural equivalent to synthetic folic acid. Rich in vitamin B, folate is recommended for women of child-bearing age because it can prevent abnormalities in a baby's brain, skull or spine. Health Canada recommends women have 400 micrograms of folate/folic acid per day. One-half cup of cooked broccoli (125 Ml) provides 89 mcg.

And there is more. Broccoli is also a good source of dietary fibre and antioxidants, not to mention vitamin C. A versatile food, broccoli can be eaten raw with a dip or cooked in a number of ways.

Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide recommends everyone eat at least one dark green vegetable a day. Broccoli fits the bill.

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About Wave

Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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