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You May Not Like It, But Broccoli Can Beat Cancer
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-7-2005 | Roger Highfield

Posted on 12/06/2005 5:40:06 PM PST by blam

You may not like it, but broccoli can beat cancer

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
(Filed: 07/12/2005)

A variety of "super broccoli" has been grown that may boost protection against cancer, scientists said yesterday.

The variety has higher levels of sulphoraphane and will help the half of the population which lacks a gene that allows the body to retain the protective plant chemical, they said.

Prof Richard Mithen, of the Institute of Food Research in Norwich and the lead scientist on the project, said yesterday: "Eating a few portions of broccoli each week may help to reduce the risk of cancer."

He said half of people appear to get less cancer protection from broccoli because they lack the gene GSTM1.

"Our studies suggest that this may be because if you lack the gene you cannot retain any sulphoraphane inside your body, it is all excreted within a few hours.

"But if you consume larger portions of broccoli, or broccoli with higher levels of sulphoraphane, such as the super broccoli, you may be able to retain as much sulphoraphane in your body as those who have the gene. Broccoli is also a rich source of other vitamins and minerals."

The super broccoli, which has been developed by traditional plant breeding methods, has 3.4 times more sulphoraphane than standard varieties. It has the same taste as regular broccoli and could be on sale "in a couple of years," Prof Mithen said.

Broccoli belongs to the crucifer family of plants which includes the brassicas cabbage, cauliflower and sprouts, as well as the closely related Chinese cabbage and turnips.

Crucifers contain high levels of glucosinolates, which release isothiocyanates - some of the most potent dietary anti-carcinogens known. Sulphoraphane is the main isothiocyanate derived from broccoli.

Although people who lack the GSTM1 gene may get less cancer protection from eating broccoli, it is likely that they will gain more protection from eating other types of crucifers. "So the best advice is to eat a mixture of crucifers," said Prof Mithen.

George Bush senior declared in the White House: "I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. I'm the president of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli." An agriculture lobby then sent several tons to him.


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1 posted on 12/06/2005 5:40:09 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

I love broccoli. Sometimes I eat it too.


2 posted on 12/06/2005 5:41:12 PM PST by King Moonracer
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To: blam

Can they make a super Snickers?


3 posted on 12/06/2005 5:41:13 PM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: blam

"I'm the president of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."


Somewhere, somehow these words need to be enshrined for future generations.




4 posted on 12/06/2005 5:42:31 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: blam
But does broccoli negate the effects of hollandaise sauce?
5 posted on 12/06/2005 5:43:12 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey hey ho ho Andy Heyward's got to go!)
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To: blam

When I was a kid, broccoli was my favorite vegetable. Still is, but only when it's cooked to a nice mushiness.


6 posted on 12/06/2005 5:43:25 PM PST by zook
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To: blam; aculeus; Senator Bedfellow
Licence to kill cancer cells.
7 posted on 12/06/2005 5:43:47 PM PST by dighton
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To: doug from upland
Broccoli Snickers?

Eeeewwww.

Just put some cheese on it. Cheese, Gromit, that's the ticket!

8 posted on 12/06/2005 5:44:14 PM PST by Nachum (go White Sox!)
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To: blam
Pomegranate Juice Could Fight Alzheimer's
9 posted on 12/06/2005 5:44:18 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Broccoli rules. Broccolini too. Supersize it and keep it coming. Next I want to see that rutabaga cures the common cold.


10 posted on 12/06/2005 5:44:46 PM PST by speedy
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To: blam

If only I could remember to get some.


11 posted on 12/06/2005 5:45:05 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey hey ho ho Andy Heyward's got to go!)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Back in GHWB's day...broccoli was cooked to death. Then we went through a stage where it was too raw.

Properly cooked broccoli with a light dusting of (real) parmesan and a touch of lemon is magnificent!


12 posted on 12/06/2005 5:45:24 PM PST by paulat
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To: blam

BUMP


13 posted on 12/06/2005 5:45:30 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: blam

I like broccoli :-)


14 posted on 12/06/2005 5:45:37 PM PST by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: speedy

Broccolini is the best.


15 posted on 12/06/2005 5:46:02 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, nice and tender. I'm feeling like getting up and making some right now.


16 posted on 12/06/2005 5:47:34 PM PST by speedy
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To: blam
Curry Could Help Defeat Alzheimer's

"The news comes after a study into the health benefits of curcumin, found it has power to protect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease."

17 posted on 12/06/2005 5:48:29 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Nothing better.... only when covered in melted cheese and butter. Does that count?


18 posted on 12/06/2005 5:50:15 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: deadhead
I don't get broccoli. It seems to grow so easy and everywhere.

Some football team should be named The Broccoli's.

19 posted on 12/06/2005 5:50:41 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: blam

Broccoli rocks. =P


20 posted on 12/06/2005 5:51:24 PM PST by Termite_Commander (Warning: Cynical Right-winger Ahead)
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To: paulat
"Properly cooked broccoli with a light dusting of..."


Try this sometime. Cook your broccoli anyway you choose. Then cook a juicy steak. Place the steak over the broccoli for few minutes. Remove the broccoli and discard. Eat the steak.

It's called "Steak over Broccoli".

Pure enjoyment.
21 posted on 12/06/2005 5:51:43 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: speedy
Broccoli rules. Broccolini too. Supersize it and keep it coming. Next I want to see that rutabaga cures the common cold.

There is nothing like fresh broccoli, right from the garden, microwaved in covered Corning Ware with butter and S&P, cooked while it is still alive.

Except for the year we cooked a huge 6-quart thing of it, and everyone greedily gobbled it up.

All over the bottom, well-cooked, when the broccoli was gone, were little green caterpillars. They were DELIBERATELY the same color as the broccoli.

I don't like thinking about that part.

So much for the Natural Organic BS. Bring on the Sevin!

22 posted on 12/06/2005 5:53:36 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: zook

Mmmmmm.... broccoly mushiness... Mmmm...


23 posted on 12/06/2005 5:56:08 PM PST by farlander
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To: AGreatPer
"I don't get broccoli. It seems to grow so easy and everywhere. "

"Some football team should be named The Broccoli's."

Ya think? LOL...would love to see the 'Broccoli's' play the Big Blue...GO GIANTS :-)

P.S. I eat broccoli about 4 times a week

24 posted on 12/06/2005 5:57:25 PM PST by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: Gorzaloon

Yep, the caterpillars love their broccoli too. Totally concur with you on the folly of organic gardening. First we kill the bugs. But anything taken directly from the garden and into the pot is a divine experience. Man, young potatoes, baby crookneck squash, little limas, new carrots or peas -- nothing you can ever buy will taste like that.


25 posted on 12/06/2005 5:57:32 PM PST by speedy
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To: blam

Air prolongs life too. Try going without it for more than five or ten minutes. It's a miracle drug...


26 posted on 12/06/2005 6:00:13 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Gorzaloon

The caterpillars probably gave it extra flavor.


27 posted on 12/06/2005 6:01:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Gorzaloon

YUCK! Reminds me of when I washed swiss chard to death and then after cooking discovered a large yellow worm in there.

My 1-year-old likes broccoli the best. He hasn't been tainted by his peers yet, I guess, about not liking vegetables.

I boil a little water in the bottom of a small pot, put the fresh broccoli in, wait a minute or so, drain the water off and let it sit there with the lid on. Seems to make it nice and tender but still firm enough for kids to dip and what not.


28 posted on 12/06/2005 6:01:36 PM PST by agrarianlady
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To: blam

Hmm... broccoli, or cancer...

I can't say which I'd rather have. At least cancer wouldn't leave that dirt-like taste in my mouth for hours afterward.


29 posted on 12/06/2005 6:02:26 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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"I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. I'm the president of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."

This is an advantage to being elected POTUS that I had not considered.

Of course, his mother was no longer around when he said it.

30 posted on 12/06/2005 6:02:57 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (When the First Amendment was written dueling was common and legal. Think about it.)
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To: blam

I have scientific proof that brocolli causes Prostate Cancer. I ate that weed once and had prostate cancer.

Proof!

The cancer is in remission and I have not eaten brocolli since.

More Proof!


31 posted on 12/06/2005 6:03:14 PM PST by lawdude (LIEberals/socialists make up facts and history as they go!)
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To: nickcarraway

I like broccoli. What's broccolini?


32 posted on 12/06/2005 6:03:40 PM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Ramius
I tried to convince my 6-year-old son that he DID like broccoli. I fed him one piece and he puked in my lap..in a restaurant of all places!!
33 posted on 12/06/2005 6:06:50 PM PST by ccwoman (I wish you all a Merry CHRISTMAS)
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To: avg_freeper

Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. It tastes a lot like broccoli, but is more tender and looks better on your plate.


34 posted on 12/06/2005 6:07:16 PM PST by speedy
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To: blam

What's not to love about broccoli? It's delicious.


35 posted on 12/06/2005 6:07:48 PM PST by xrp (Conservative votes are to Republicans what 90% of black votes are to Democrats (taken for granted))
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To: Termite_Commander

Dogs love it.


36 posted on 12/06/2005 6:10:08 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Termite_Commander
I also love broccoli!, Now if I could just learn how to make Brussel Sprouts edible.
37 posted on 12/06/2005 6:12:37 PM PST by Randy Larsen (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!!!)
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To: Gorzaloon

Just think of all that extra protein you and your guest imbibed! Always think if the positive side:)


38 posted on 12/06/2005 6:13:02 PM PST by calex59 (Seeing the light shouldn't make you blind...)
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To: carlo3b

Bump for Broccoli recipe!


39 posted on 12/06/2005 6:13:07 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: blam
Could you repost the link to "RED WINE CURES EVERYTHING"
40 posted on 12/06/2005 6:13:21 PM PST by tubebender (,)
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To: blam
ahh the modern science... ...that may.. countless studies with that may's
41 posted on 12/06/2005 6:13:42 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum")
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To: blam

What's not to like about chicken/brocolli casserole?


42 posted on 12/06/2005 6:13:55 PM PST by x1stcav (Murtha is a surrender monkey)
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To: blam

I love the stuff. Steamed, fresh, frozen, doesn't matter. Ever since I heard that Bush 41 hated broccoli I decided I would eat his share.


43 posted on 12/06/2005 6:40:54 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Attack (Democrats) until they stop twitching and then attack some more." -J. Peter Mulhern)
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To: blam

44 posted on 12/06/2005 6:45:51 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: dighton; blam; Senator Bedfellow
Broccoli ... descended, apparently, from farmers who had invented broccoli by crossing a cauliflower and a pea.

Hmmm. Very interesting ... if true.

45 posted on 12/06/2005 6:50:03 PM PST by aculeus
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To: Randy Larsen

Brussel sprouts: Buy them fresh. Wash. With a knife score an "X" hard into the stem (otherwise the tops cook to mush before the stem is tender). Steam until fork-tender. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy.


46 posted on 12/06/2005 6:50:18 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Attack (Democrats) until they stop twitching and then attack some more." -J. Peter Mulhern)
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To: Ramius
dirt-like taste in my mouth

Ummm.... you're supposed to wash it first....

47 posted on 12/06/2005 7:08:33 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluaralistic statement.)
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To: Borax Queen

I love broccoli ping


48 posted on 12/06/2005 7:09:58 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Randy Larsen

I peel the first few layers of leaves off the brussles sprouts, then cut in at least halves, quarters if they are big. Then steam and annoint with lots of lemon and salt and pepper. Mmmmmm.... almost as good as broccoli.


49 posted on 12/06/2005 7:14:08 PM PST by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: NoCmpromiz

The only use for Broccoli that I've ever found is that they can work amazingly well as little trees, glued to a board on an N-gauge railroad.


50 posted on 12/06/2005 7:18:06 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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