Eating baked rhubarb could help fight cancer, new research has shown.
Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University found baking British garden rhubarb for 20 minutes boosted its levels of anti-cancerous chemicals. The findings showed the polyphenols could kill or prevent the growth of cancer cells and could be used to develop new, less toxic treatments.
It is the first study of the benefits of British rhubarb, specifically a variety grown in South Yorkshire. Previous research focused on Oriental medicinal rhubarb, which has been recognised for its health benefits and used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.