Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits
if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in
broccoli do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your
digestive tract when they have been steamed. When this binding process
takes place, it is easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result
is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw broccoli still has
cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.