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British Superbroccoli Fights Heart Disease, Cancer, Crime

Last updated: Oct 07, 2011

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Ok, it might not really fight crime, but Beneforte, the new superbroccoli, does have increased levels of glucoraphanin, which may help prevent heart disease and some types of cancer.

British scientists created Beneforte through conventional selective breeding methods, rather than genetic engineering. Even non-super-broccoli is thought to contribute to healthy heart function and decrease the risk of cancer, and Beneforte does even better. Studies show that eating Beneforte increases levels of sulphoraphane (the nutrient that glucoraphanin converts to) two to four times above the levels of normal broccoli.

The Guardian didn't mention whether Beneforte will be sold in the U.S. anytime soon, but if you're in the U.K., keep an eye out for it.

By day, you can find this supervegetable masquerading as normal broccoli at a Marks and Spencer store near your London hotel.