When I was a kid, I'd only eat the tops of the broccoli. My parents thought I was little off.

But I don't do that anymore. I eat the whole thing. In fact, I eat broccoli 3 or 4 times a week.

And lucky for me, scientists think they've pinpointed why broccoli is so good for your heart.

Now, there's nothing magical about broccoli or any other fruits and vegetables. It comes down to nutrients. In this case, researchers claim sulforaphane, found in broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, protects arteries.

In the study, appearing in the journal Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, experts found sections of arteries exposed to sulforaphane activated a protein called Nrf2, which prevents inflammation and disease.

Most times I end up steaming broccoli and dipping it into organic ketchup. I know it's a little gross, but it's quick and easy. How do you eat your broccoli?