I read a blog today that suggested using broccoli as a great protein source. Really? Broccoli for protein? That wouldn’t have been at the top of my list.
After checking on a searchable database I decided I could keep it off the top of the list for protein, though it has some — 3 g for one cup, raw. (And it beats a lot of other vegetables.)
Still, it has so much other great stuff that makes it a top performer: Very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese.
Of course we already knew broccoli was loaded with nutrients. But what about some other foods? And what about popular fastfood items or restaurant dishes? You can use these sites that offer a search of foods, including some that cover prepared foods and restaurants, and learn a lot.
- Find food data and track your own progress with this versatile site
- Search for brand names of restaurants or foods on this site.
- WebMD offers a search of popular foods and prepared fast-food items. Click it.
- Search the USDA database on foods here.
- For the UK, use “nutracheck” to start with calories of food then see protein, carbs and fats (not broken down as they should be!) Here
- Need help understanding label details? See here for a coded breakdown.