Foods for Birds #2: Broccoli

I finally finished my rough draft of the Broccoli entry in Foods for Birds. It is #2 coming after Aloe Vera if you’re wondering about the title. Any moderations to this entry will be updated on the main page of Foods for Birds. The next food entry will be Goji Berries as requested by the author of HungryBird. I’m hoping it isn’t too much of a challenge to find information on goji berries as it sounds.

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Broccoli♥♥♥♥ – Has many great health benefits that exceed other vegetables.

Broccoli is an ancient plant that is part of the cabbage family and is known as one of the most popular vegetables. Its flowery head is used as a vegetable and it is jam-packed with many nutritional values. It is the perfect vegetable to eat if you want to stay fit and healthy for many reasons. It has anti-aging properties, aids in digestion, has anti-cancer properties, can detoxify the body, can lower cholesterol and can even maintain healthy eyesight.

In its entirety, broccoli has more calcium than a glass of milk and it can also be better absorbed. It also has more vitamin C than any citrus fruit and is richer in fiber than whole grain bread. This is the reason why many people favor broccoli as part of their diet when trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

For birds, the flowery heads are favored for the sprouts they are made of. When offered to birds, this vegetable is easy to eat and gives them lots of vitamins and minerals that boost their health.

Visit this website to read more about Broccoli: WHFoods: Broccoli

Properties:

Nutrients/Vitamins – contains high amounts of vitamins K, C and A. Also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9.

Minerals Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.

Broccoli also contains a high amount of dietary fiber which aids in digestion as long as a sufficient amount of fluid is consumed along with it. It also contains nutrients that have potent anti-cancer properties like small traces of selenium and 3,3′-Diindolylmethane.

Read more about the properties of Broccoli here: Broccoli and here Nutritional Value of Broccoli

Preparation Methods and Ways to Serve:
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Broccoli can be boiled, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried and even put into the microwave. Boiling broccoli over ten minutes however can greatly reduce its benefits. The best way to serve to our birds would be to steam it before serving or giving it raw. Steaming helps the best in preserving nutrients than other cooking methods. Don’t throw away the stems because you can save them to be sliced for other meals and they can be mixed into salads or stir-fry. Some ways to serve could be just serving fresh, cut into slices and stuck through cage bars, mixed with other vegetables or any other way that you can come up with. It is best to cook broccoli soon after purchasing because the nutritional value may gradually decrease even if refrigerated.
Due to its anti-cancer property that is known to work well with humans, broccoli might be good for birds for preventing cancerous tumors as well. There is no guarantee, but it may help prevent any cancer from developing.
Look for organic broccoli that doesn’t contain any yellow blossoms as this is a sign of being too mature. Choose the ones with dark green, bluish-green or purplish-green buds with strong and upright leaves that are dark green. The more intense the color, the healthier it is. Get the broccoli with only bright green, sturdy and crisp stalks; not the ones that are limp and yellowish.
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