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Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Cancer Fighter

Don't let brussels sprouts' signature scent turn you off. "The smell is a compound called allyl isothiocyanate that causes precancerous cells to self-destruct," Bowden says. "It's entirely possible that eating them every few weeks could help greatly reduce the incidence of colon cancer."

Shopping shortcut: Buy the locally grown variety that are still on the stalk. If you can't find them, go frozen -- they're the next freshest thing.

Make it even healthier: Don't boil them! It'll reduce the anticancer properties by 58 percent, say University of Essex researchers. Instead, drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil over two cups of sprouts, season with curry (see "The 'It' Spice"), and roast about six minutes until the outsides are crispy and caramelized.

Bonus benefits: These mini-cabbages are packed with fiber and immune-boosting vitamins C and A.


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