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Booster broccoli to reduce heart diseases, cancer

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 00:00

Melbourne: Scientists claimed to have
developed a new variety of broccoli that is not only grown
naturally, but also tastes sweeter and has 40 per cent more
anti-oxidants than the normal to reduce risks of heart disease
and cancer.

Scientists at Victoria`s Department of Primary
Industries (DPI) here, have discovered "Booster Broccoli", a
new variety that is the first in the group of super vegetables
and contains more anti-oxidants than the usual variety , the
ABC report said today.

DPI`s leading scientist Rod Jones said that the new
broccoli is not the result of genetic engineering.

"All we`ve done is gone back and minded nature`s
natural diversity," he said.

Jones also said that DPI had partnerships with large
companies and had tested 400 varieties of broccoli before
selecting the one that had the highest anti-oxidant content
and now they have decided to breed the "Booster Broccoli".

"It`s also about improving the health of our
population in general by getting people to eat vegetables that
we know are very good for them," he added.

"It`s a premium branded product so the returns to
growers should be higher," Jones said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 00:00

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