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Obama Loves Broccoli

By on July 10, 2013
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 Broccoli is one of the very low calorie vegetables; provide just 34 calories per 100 g. Nevertheless, it is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants that have proven health benefits.  During an unscheduled visit to the the second annual Kids’ State Dinner, President Barack Obama told the 54 children who attended the healthy lunch event that his favorite food was broccoli.

“Food can be fun, it can be healthy,” Obama said, according to a White House report. “You are setting up habits that are going to be great your entire life.”

 

After making a few remarks about healthy eating habits, the president was geting ready to leave the luncheon when someone asked him what his favorite food was. “Broccoli,” he answered.

 Obama’s response prompted a twitter trend called #Broccoligate in which many media outlets mocked the president’s answer. “Obama tells kid journalist his favorite food is broccoli. And his favorite activity is lying to children,” Comedy Central’s Indecision tweeted.

“What’s Obama’s favorite food? Hint: It is the same vegetable George H.W. Bush denounced over two decades ago,” Politico posted. “What kind of POTUS says his fav food is Broccoli? Same one who in 2008 complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods,” tweeted CNN’s Ari Fleischer.

Nevertheless, Yahoo points out that Obama’s remaks might be true after all as First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obamas were “a broccoli household.”

 

“It is the one vegetable that my children will eat without creating chaos and havoc,” she said. “There’s never quite clear harmony at the dinner table over the vegetables, but broccoli is a unifier in our household.”

Fresh broccoli heads are available year around. In the store, choose fresh, bright, compact, firm textured flower heads with rich flavor. Avoid those with over matured featuring yellow flower buds, excessive branches and hollow stem. Whenever possible, go for organic farm products to get maximum health benefits.

This is not the first time the First Lady brings up the vegetable. In 2012, she demonstrated to David Letterman that with enough care and effort, you could grow your own Barack-oli. And if that were not enough, it is also a good source of minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.

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