Eating Well

Broccoli Looks Good For Guts

It’s not a lock, but researchers at Penn State have a strong suspicion that broccoli is good for our guts. Science Daily reports that researchers at the school 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. OK, so how much broccoli would a human have to eat to see similar benefits? The researchers put the measure at 3.5 cups a day. “Now, three and a half cups is a lot, but it’s not a huge amount, really,” says researcher Gary Perdew. “Also, brussels sprouts have three times as much (of the active chemical compound), which would mean a cup of brussels sprouts could get us to the same level.”

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