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Broccoli Might Be Our Best Defense Against Air Pollution Published: June 22, 2014

Broccoli ranks right up there with Brussels sprouts when it comes to vegetables that are hard to love. (Some people are simply wired to hate bitter greens.) But scientists recently added yet another reason for the broccoli-averse to just get over it. Turns out the cruciferous bunch not only helps prevent heart disease and repairs skin damage (and improve eye health, fight colds, and keep blood sugar levels low), it can protect our bodies from air pollution too, Take Part reports.

A new study published in Cancer Prevention Research found that broccoli compounds help us flush out benzene through our urine. A known carcinogen, benzene can be found anywhere from paint thinner to car exhaust.

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