The good news about broccoli tea is that it might help prevent cancer and aid the body in dealing with air pollution, according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins. The bad news about broccoli tea is that it doesn’t taste very good.
According to the researchers, one half-cup of “broccoli-sprout beverage” caused research subjects to excrete benzene in their urine. Benzene, a carcinogen toxic to humans caused by air pollution, has been linked to health problems as mild as sleepiness and as dire as leukemia.
‘This study points to a frugal, simple, and safe means that can be taken by individuals to possibly reduce some of the long-term health risks associated with air pollution,” lead researcher Thomas Kensler said in a statement,
If the tea sounds unappealing, you can always eat the vegetable itself — only, you’ll need 1.5 cups per day to get the same effect. And study authors note that the more bitter the broccoli, the better.
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