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Scientists at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park want to find out whether eating this new broccoli can have an impact on conditions such as high cholesterol in the over-50s.

Enriched broccoli reduces cholesterol

Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6%, according to the results of human trials led by the Institute of Food Research. The broccoli variety was bred to contain two to three times more of a naturally occurring compound glucoraphanin. It is now available in supermarkets, under the […]

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Eating broccoli retunes metabolism

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have obtained the first evidence from human studies of how diets rich in glucosinolates, such as glucoraphanin found in broccoli, can ‘re-tune’ cellular processes that get disrupted as we age. Retuning these processes to normal may contribute to the reduced risk of cancer seen in people who eat […]

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Reliably higher levels of healthy compound in Beneforté broccoli

Field trials and genetic studies have shown that a new variety of broccoli reliably yields higher levels of a health-promoting compound. Broccoli contains a compound called glucoraphanin, which has been shown to promote health by maintaining cardiovascular health and a reduction in the risk of cancer. A long term breeding programme to increase glucoraphanin levels […]

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IFR supporting NutraFormulate Conference

IFR is pleased to support NutraFormulate – Ingredients for Healthy Living, which will be held at the NMM Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 20-21  March 2013. Richard Mithen and Paul Kroon from the Institute of Food Research will be speaking at NutraFormulate – Ingredients for Healthy Living Food for Thought Conference in March 2013. The Food & Health […]

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Major award to study protective effects of broccoli consumption against prostate cancer

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is providing $1M of funding to the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to study the protective effects of broccoli consumption against prostate cancer. It builds upon several years of research led by Professor Richard Mithen on the biological activity of a naturally occurring compound called […]

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British research leads to UK-wide launch of Beneforté broccoli

UK science has led to a new variety of broccoli with higher levels of a key phytonutrient, to be sold in all major UK supermarkets from next week. The new broccoli, Beneforté, was developed from publicly-funded research at two of the UK’s world-leading biological research institutes: the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes […]

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Beneforte broccoli finalist in national innovation competition

Professor Richard Mithen of the Institute of Food Research was a finalist in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year Awards for the development of Beneforte broccoli, a consumer product from UK plant research. The new broccoli variety contains higher levels of a key phytonutrient thanks to Prof. Mithen and colleagues’ research on both the biology […]

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How food researchers do what we do

Many diseases are preventable and diet can play an important part in preventing them. Providing dietary advice that can help people live longer and reduce the burden on the NHS requires accurate and specific information. Professor Richard Mithen and Dr Maria Traka have published a review in The Plant Cell journal of the different ways […]

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