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Like It or Not: Broccoli May Be Good for the Gut

For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.

Researchers at Penn State University found that when mice ate broccoli with their regular diet, they were better able to tolerate digestive issues similar to symptoms of leaky gut and colitis than mice that were not placed on a broccoli-supplemented diet. The research suggests that cruciferous vegetables — such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage — contain an organic chemical compound that helps maintain gut flora and immune surveillance. This may help prevent various cancers and Crohn's Disease, caused by gut inflammation.

Read the full article at ScienMag.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health;
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