Broccoli is a close relation of the cauliflower. It is the Italian , sprouting or asparagus broccoli which produces many small, loose, green heads. These popular vegetables have proved to be an effective antidiabetic food.
It is a rich source of chromium, a trace mineral that seems to lower blood sugar. These trace minerals regulates blood sugar, thereby often reducing medication and insulin needs in diabetes patient.
If a person has mild diabetes , chromium may save him from getting full fledged disease. If a person’s glucose tolerance is borderline , chromium can help control it. The recommended daily allowance for chromium is 50 to 200 micrograms. Some of the food rich inchromium , besides broccoli are whole grain cereals, nuts , mushrooms, rhubarb, Bengal gram, kidney beans, soyabean, black gram, betel leaves , bottle gourd, pomegranates and pineapples.