The Check-Up: ‘Superbroccoli’ to the Rescue

A genetically modified broccoli hit store shelves in the UK this week

British scientists are mass-marketing a ‘superbroccoli’ that includes extra measures of glucoraphanin, a plant chemical shown to protect against heart disease and cancer. The plant’s been years in the making: Experts first discovered a broccoli variety in 1983 that naturally contained higher levels of the chemical. Since then, they’ve been using tried-and-true plant-breeding methods to develop the broccoli, which they dubbed Beneforte, and bring it to the masses. Beneforte contains two to three times the glucoraphanin of traditional broccoli heads.

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