A Matter of Taste

The ability to detect bitterness probably evolved to help us avoid eating harmful substances. By shunning too many bitter substances, especially those present in healthful foods, we might be putting our long-term health at risk. For example, the glucosinolates in Brussels sprouts and its cousins, broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables, switch on many healthful processes in our bodies, and many medicines prevent or treat serious illness.

A Promising New Treatment for Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a life-long, complex neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by difficulties in communication and social interaction and by stereotypic, repetitive behavior. In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study, daily administration of sulforaphane to young male patients with moderate to severe autism (26 on sulforaphane, 14 on placebo) substantially (and reversibly) improved many aspects of behavior in the majority of those who received sulforaphane.