Crop Biotech Update

More Nutritious Broccoli out in UK

October 14, 2011

A new variety of broccoli labeled as Benefort√© was developed by experts at the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre. Using conventional breeding techniques, the new variety produces more glucoraphanin, a phytonutrient naturally present in standard broccoli and believed to be the cause why broccoli-lovers have chances of getting a heart disease and cancer. Glucoraphanin also helps increase the level of antioxidant enzymes in the body.

"Our research has given new insights into the role of broccoli and other similar vegetables in promoting health, and has shown how this understanding can lead to the development of potentially more nutritious varieties of our familiar vegetables", said Professor Richard Mithen, of the Institute of Food Research. "Now there will also be something brand new for consumers to eat as a result of the discoveries we have made."

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