Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why 'Eat Your Broccoli' Is Still Good Advice

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why 'Eat Your Broccoli' Is Still Good Advice

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Researchers at Oregon State University have found that the key plant nutrients in broccoli-and similar vegetables that are being studied as possible anti-cancer agents-are best obtained from the actual vegetables, preferably raw or lightly cooked.

The actual health value of food nutrients depends on many factors. A key factor is absorption. In this new study, led by Emily Ho, PhD of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State, researchers compared the consumption of broccoli in sprout form to broccoli pill supplements. The supplements have gained in popularity in recent years as people have become more aware of the health-boosting benefits of vegetables.

Dr. Ho and her colleagues found that the body absorbs significantly more nutrients from vegetables than from pills. They say the main difference is an enzyme-typically missing from the supplements- that helps the body break down plant chemicals into nutrients. …

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