You just cooked a cup of broccoli, weighed it on a food scale and are now ready to eat it. But, how many carbs are in that single cup of cooked broccoli?
In one cup of cooked or steamed broccoli, stems and flowers, there are between 4 and 5 grams of carbohydrates. The fresh broccoli choice is the wisest because it is the lowest in carbohydrates, and if you are watching your carbs – fresh is the best.
Frozen broccoli is slightly higher in carbs than fresh broccoli. In one cup of frozen broccoli, chopped and cooked, there is just under 10 grams of carbohydrates. The reason frozen broccoli has a higher carb count than fresh is that there are some preservatives and sugars added to the pre-packaged vegetable in order for it to stay ‘fresh’ in the grocery store. These additives account for about 4 to 5 grams of carbs per serving.
If you are eating a stalk of broccoli, you may be interested in knowing that there are nearly 10 grams of carbs. Most people do not eat the entire stalk, but cut off the woody portions of the stem and consume the flower. If you are watching your carb intake, remember that the stalk does contain more carbs than the flower. In one entire bunch of broccoli that you would find at the store, there are about 40 grams of carbs.