Friday, 19 October, 2018

Scientists developed broccoli powder for your coffee to boost health

Australian scientists brew up broccoli latte A Melbourne cafe tried serving broccoli lattes
Gustavo Carr | 09 June, 2018, 17:42

Another customer offered a more conciliatory review, saying, "extra vegetables in my coffee, so, can't complain".

However, Keck points out coffee itself is an acquired taste - and that a broccoli latte isn't so odd in the age of the tumeric latte, the beetroot latte and other superfood cafe drinks. But apparently, those fun Australians, specifically the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Hort Innovation, have made a decision to ground up broccoli into a fine powder and put it in their morning joe.

Broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable, with plenty of fibre, vitamins A, B1 and B6, potassium, zinc and magnesium, among many others.

"Research shows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this", said John Lloyd, Chief Executive of Hort Innovation, according to The Guardian.

A lot of produce is wasted before it even gets to the store shelves because it's "ugly".

Hort originally took the idea for the powder to CSIRO as a way to help people to increase their vegetable intake and find a use for broccoli that would otherwise end up in landfill because food retailers had declined to buy it for aesthetic reasons.

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The production process involves pre-treatment before drying and powdering the vegetable, to retain as much of the original colour, flavour and nutrients as possible. This prevents the broccoli from being thrown out, and also reaps several health benefits. "That tastes like broccoli", but they've enjoyed it as a sprinkle on the top".

You know when you are eating broccoli and then you wash it down with a nice cup of coffee? No?

The next step, however, is to investigate bringing powdered broccoli to the consumer market, so you might soon have a chance to try it out yourself at home.

“I see this project as the emerging new food trend.

You don't need to be a peculiar type of coffee elitist to think that blue algae lattes - which are a real-life thing - are a little, well, strange.

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