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Carbs in Broccoli

Broccoli Carbs, Nutrition Information, Low-Carb Recipes


Updated July 06, 2014

Stir-fried fresh broccoli
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Broccoli is among the most nutritious vegetables, and it can be delicious. Try the recipes below, or cook, puree, and add seasonings for "mashed broccoli" -- or add some stock and you have a soup.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Broccoli

  • ½ cup chopped broccoli: 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 15 calories
  • 1 medium broccoli spear (5" long): 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 11 calories
  • ¼ lb. (4 oz) broccoli: 5 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 3 gram fiber and 38 calories

Glycemic Index for Broccoli

As with most non-starchy vegetables, there is no scientific study of the glycemic index of broccoli.

More Information about the Glycemic Index

Estimated Glycemic Load of Broccoli

  • ½ cup chopped broccoli: 1
  • 1 medium broccoli spear (5" long): 1
  • ¼ lb. (4 oz) broccoli: 3

More Information About the Glycemic Load

Health Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli is a very good source of fiber, about half of which is soluble and half insoluble (more about fiber types). It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K, a very good source of folate, and a good source of Vitamin A, manganese, and potassium.

In addition, broccoli is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. It is also one of the foods with the highest levels of antioxidant phytonutrients on a per-calorie basis.

Low-Carb Recipes with Broccoli

More Information About Broccoli at Calorie Count.

More Carb Profiles:


Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

United States Department of Agriculture. "Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods - 2007. November 2007.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

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