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Posted Nov 10 2008 4:21pm

Forget the calcium supplements and go for the carrot?  How big is this thing?  BD 

American scientists have created a " super carrot" which may protect against conditions such as brittle bone disease and osteoporosis. image

The genetically-engineered carrot provides 41% more calcium than a normal carrot and they hope that the addition of the vegetable to a normal diet could help prevent the debilitating bone conditions.

According to Professor Kendal Hirschi at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, the carrots were grown in carefully monitored and controlled environments at Texas A&M AgriLife's Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center.  The research team say those who ate the carrot had a two-fold increase in calcium absorption.

However they say the calcium enriched vegetable needs more research and many safety trials before it will be available to consumers.

The scientists hope their carrot could ultimately offer a healthier way of consuming sufficient quantities of calcium of which the primary dietary source is dairy foods.

Supercarrot to protect against bone diseases

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