Although only one in ten people gets the daily recommended amount of vegetables, we still think Americans have a definitive favorite. In preparation for this year’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day, which falls on June 17th, Green Giant surveyed nearly 4,000 Americans to find out which produce ranks number one. And—drumroll, please—it’s broccoli!
The mini trees stole the hearts of a whopping 47 percent of all U.S. states, trumping sweet corn, which came in a close second. Surprisingly enough, kitchen staples such as onions, peppers, celery, and spinach didn’t even make the list. And kale? The green king was also snubbed.
The Health Benefits of Broccoli
Although we’re a bit surprised about the outcome, broccoli’s stellar nutritional profile justifies its winning title. The cruciferous veggie packs in collagen-building vitamin C, bone-protecting vitamin K, and nerve-regulating potassium in addition to a decent dose of fiber. In fact, just one stalk contains nearly four grams of the belly-filling macro—that’s over 15 percent of your daily recommended amount! And the long list of body-loving benefits doesn’t end there: A recent Kanazawa University study found that sulforaphane, the detoxifying phytochemical found in broccoli, can help prevent cancer and obesity while another study published in the Global Advances in Health and Medicine journal found that the compound can ameliorate the symptoms of Autism.
Looking to incorporate more of America’s favorite superfood into your own diet? Combine broccoli florets with a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and cheddar, and then pour it into an oiled skillet, allowing it to cook on medium heat until the eggs are set for a delicious breakfast frittata. Not a fan of eating your veggies first thing in the morning? Roast the stalks with minced garlic, salt, cayenne, and a bit of quality olive oil (to unlock the fat-soluble nutrients) and then pair the veggie with one of our 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss for dinner tonight! You can also throw the stalks into a homemade veggie broth or blend them in a food processor to make pesto.