The American Heart Association has deemed February American Heart Month.  As a continued supporter of the American Heart Association, we are doing our part to promote a heart-healthy America.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of American adults today, mostly due to the lack of awareness, knowledge and healthy habits.  Proper diet and exercise are the building blocks of heart disease prevention, which is why finding foods that naturally prevent heart problems is crucial.

Broccoli for a Healthy Heart

Sakata is proud to breed quality genetics for a laundry list of healthy fruits and vegetables, but there is one cardiovascular superfood for which we are most recognized – broccoli. Broccoli is known for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, which benefit more than just the heart; in fact, studies show that broccoli consumption can lead to better vision, healthy skin, reduced cholesterol, stronger immune system and improved digestion.  Better yet, broccoli delivers a powerhouse of nutrients, while remaining low in sodium and calories.

The Nutritional Breakdown

Good source of fiber

Good source of Potassium

High in Vitamins: A, B6, C

Nutrients: Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Iron

Aiding the Supply Chain

Healthy produce doesn’t magically appear on produce shelves for the consumer’s taking. Produce must be grown, and growers have needs of their own. As the broccoli leader, Sakata has 20 different broccoli varieties available for growers to choose from, bred for ease of harvest and climate adaptability.  Some prime examples are Centennial, a multi-use variety bred for cool coastal growing regions, and Marathon, a popular variety with outstanding yields from California to Central America. In addition, Sakata offers tools to assist growers in the process of choosing, growing and harvesting our broccoli.

Tools for Broccoli Growers

Sakata Broccoli Bulletin

Sakata Broccoli Master Guide

Reducing America’s Risk of Heart Disease

Sakata urges you to eat healthy, exercise and educate yourself on how to prevent heart disease. A heart healthy America starts with you; here are some important steps for decreasing risk for yourself and others.

6 Steps Toward Building a Heart Healthy America

1. Increase knowledge

2. Exercise regularly

3. Eat healthy

4. Manage stress

5. Regulate weight

6. Spread awareness