A registered dietitian shares her take on the "brocc-o-latte" trend.
It's all thanks to scientists at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) who developed broccoli powder as a way to increase vegetable consumption and cut produce waste. The argument: Since most people already drink coffee daily, why not throw in this easy, nutrition-packed ingredient? (Related: These New Products Turn Basic Water Into a Fancy Health Drink)
Before you gag, hear me out on the good parts of the #broccolatte. Two tablespoons of the broccoli powder equal one serving of the real vegetable. It keeps all those broccoli nutrients, color, and taste, while the broccoli powder makes it easy to mix into drinks, green smoothies, or even pancakes. And broccoli is a great source of sulforaphane, a compound found in cruciferous veggies that has been shown to have potent cancer-fighting effects. It's also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. (Related: Broccoli Drink May Protect Your Body Against Pollution)
And if eating vegetables doesn't come easily to you, broccoli powder is better than nothing; I do like the idea of this for travel or a day on the go when veggies are tough to come by. (And to be fair, although the taste reviews have been questionable, this stuff would probably be way tastier added to a smoothie or soup instead of coffee. (Related: Awesome Keto Soup Recipes That Are Low-Carb But Flavorful)
Here's the part where you might be surprised that I'm not 100 percent on board with the broccoli coffee trend. First of all, I have taste buds, and my morning coffee is my sacred ritual (you're probably nodding in agreement RN). Second of all, I really prefer people eat the ~whole~ veggie whenever possible. I am a huge fan of "volumetrics" (a focus on eating higher-volume, lower-calorie foods)—feeling like you had a hearty volume of food is super important in feeling full and satisfied after a meal. Plus veggies are delish in their real, whole form, so why turn them into an astronaut food?
My real issue: The growing trend of powdering or supplementing your way to "health" instead of eating real, whole foods that are proven to help get you there.
So, will you see broccoli powder coming to Starbucks or your local supermarket? Well, CSIRO is currently looking for partners to help commercialize a range of food products with broccoli powder, according to the organization's website, but I wouldn't expect it anytime soon.