is a vegetable that belongs
to the same cruciferous
as the cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts. Abundantly
endowed with Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and fiber, broccoli is known to have
several health benefits and is classified as one among the world's top ten superfoods
Several studies have shown
that broccoli-rich diet is beneficial to lower the risks from prostrate and
bowel cancers. It also helps to prevent heart- related problems and stroke.
Broccoli contains the compound glucoraphanin, which is a phytonutrient that boosts the level of antioxidant enzymes in our bodies. Glucoraphanin can be processed into sulphoraphane, an
Keeping all these qualities in mind a "super broccoli" "Beneforte" was developed using conventional methods at the Food Research and John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. The
researchers of the center went on an expedition to find better varieties of
this nutrient-laden vegetable. South Italy came across a wild type of broccoli
that was capable of producing greater levels of glucoraphanin than the traditional
wild variety was then cross - pollinated with the commercially available variety. After a series of
breeding and cycles of natural selection, one variety became the parent of what we now know as
super veggie is reported to have three times more of glucoraphanin in comparison to the normal variety but
the amazing part is that it has retained the same taste of the traditional broccoli.
was always considered a great health food but this new research has given added
insights into its health benefits.
new variety of broccoli "beneforte" is now available at the Mark & Spencer
stores in the UK. It will be available in other UK stores next year!
Broccoli must be boiled for about two to three minutes only. Over cooking kills
the valuable nutrients and antioxdants in this amazing vegetable, hence, a
gentle steaming will ensure that it retains all its glory!