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How Super Is Super Broccoli?

By Fredrica Syren:

We all know that broccoli is a super vegetable due to its high volume of vitamins and minerals, but now there is a new super broccoli popping up in grocery stores. This made me wonder what it really is and how super it can be. I suspected that super broccoli is all genetically modified. I was wrong.

Super broccoli does not contain genetically modified organisms but is a hybrid of two types of broccoli — British broccoli and a super-broccoliwild bitter Sicilian variety that happens not to be very tasty but is high in glucoraphanin, which is a naturally occurring compound found almost exclusively in broccoli, and is an antioxidant that helps fight illnesses like heart disease and cancer. When these two are crossed, I guess they create this good tasting super broccoli, also called “Beneforte,” which contains two to three times more glucoraphanin than standard broccoli.

British scientists have developed the new broccoli in the last 30 years, using conventional breeding techniques rather than genetic engineering. Research has already shown that consuming high quantities of vitamin D and selenium can be toxic, but there is no research to show whether anyone could overdose on glucoraphanin. Maybe some more testing is needed before hailing this new super broccoli, but if it works, that would be great.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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