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I like broccoli, but it
sure doesn't like me -- nor can I tolerate onions, garlic or other
related vegetables. Why is this, and how can I obtain the valuable
nutrients in these vegetables?
You're already a step
ahead if you enjoy eating broccoli. Think of poor George Bush. I was
interested to read in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics that
broccoli consumption during his term actually increased despite his
bad-mouthing the vegetable -- by 1.5 pounds per person.
and its fellow members of the crucifer family supply all sorts of
benefits that you don't want to miss. They're full of antioxidants,
which protect you against both cancer and heart disease. Broccoli in
particular reduces risk of breast, colon and lung cancer, and arms your
body against viruses and ulcers. You can substitute other green
vegetables, but getting plenty of broccoli is worth the effort. And if
you can find them, try broccoli sprouts. Research recently came out of
Johns Hopkins University that found three-day-old broccoli sprouts to
be loaded with the anti-cancer chemical sulforaphane. The sprouts are
said to lack the flavor of mature broccoli that some people find
unpleasant. You might even try growing them yourself
unlikely you are allergic to the foods you mention. The most common
allergy-triggering foods are these: corn, eggs, white potatoes, yeast,
soybeans, wheat, coffee, malt, rye, citrus fruit, peanuts, milk,
chocolate, beef, cheese, tomato, pork and various spices. Reactions may
include itchy skin or a rash; swelling of the lips and tongue; nausea,
diarrhea, vomiting or cramps; and respiratory problems such as
sneezing, shortness of breath and coughing. If you're experiencing
these symptoms, don't try to eat the foods giving you problems.
don't specify your discomfort when eating broccoli -- or onions and
garlic. I suspect you may be talking about indigestion or gas. Some of
the cruciferous vegetables have bad reputations as gas producers.
That's because they're rich in fiber, perhaps too rich for your
digestive system to process. The undigested constituents ferment in the
intestine, causing flatulence. Don't think that extra cooking will
help; it will only make this delightful vegetable unpalatable. Plus
you'll destroy the vitamins it delivers. (Also, don't use aluminum or
copper cookware, because these metals will react with the sulfur in
broccoli, change the flavor, and, again, remove the vitamins.) Yogurt
and buttermilk can help you digest high-fiber foods by boosting the
friendly bacteria in your colon. Lemon juice may also be helpful.
suggest taking Beano, made from a plant-derived enzyme, with these
foods and seeing if it helps improve digestion. Or start by eating very
small amounts, then increase your intake gradually as your tolerance
builds. Fennel seeds are another very effective way to improve
digestion and lessen production of gas. Try chewing a half teaspoon at
the end of a meal.
You can probably improve your
tolerance by avoiding raw broccoli and onions. For its powerful
antibiotic effects, raw garlic really works best -- just eat a little
less if it's causing problems for you. And this may sound silly, but be
sure to chew your vegetables well and try not to take in air when you
swallow your food.