Brussels sprouts could become flatulence free thanks to new technology.

Producing wind courtesy of the leafy green vegetables might become a thing of the past as it has emerged scientists at the Rothamsted Research, in Hertfordshire, south east England, are working on technology to re-engineer the sulphurous chemistry of vegetables.

''But on the other hand from the point of view of enjoying Christmas lunch, you could have this more, what shall we say, 'inert' Brussels sprout that might appeal to people.''

If successful, this may lead to more ''inert'' foods which can be broken down more easily in the stomach meaning less methane will be produced.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme, Professor John Pickett, who is leading the research, said: ''Our priority at the moment is crop protection. Sustainable production of food is an important issue.

''But we could, nonetheless, if people wanted us to, divert that science and we could have this 'smell free' Brussels sprout. Of course it would be limited in the flavour that you would get from it.

''But on the other hand from the point of view of enjoying Christmas lunch, you could have this more, what shall we say, 'inert' Brussels sprout that might appeal to people.''

  1. by Wilting Rose 27th Dec 2012 21:13

    I don't think my old man is going to approve these new Brussel Sprouts. He can clear our living-room in 15 seconds flat after Sunday lunch. He swears that Brussel Sprouts with a pint of Guinness is his personal 'weapon of mass destruction'.

  2. by FF Visitor 12th Jan 2013 23:31

    I am embarrassed every time fart, because I eat Brussels Sprouts a lot.

  3. by jinjin 13th Jan 2013 17:43

    If they are going to make it easier to digest then does this mean the new BrusseLs Sprouts will be a low fibre food? That will not do well with people who want fibre in their diet.

  4. by FF Visitor 14th Jan 2013 17:33

    I wouldn't be surprised if Brussels Sprouts wouldn't be available in liquid form one day to avoid the inconvenience of chewing.

  5. by DanMc 14th Jan 2013 20:19

    I'm not sure about sprouts, but in general people who suffer from excessive flatulence are often those who normally eat a diet of refined low fibre food with lots of meat and are suddenly given something like beans or lentils, maybe when they eat at a vegetarian's house. If you eat a good fibre rich diet your system gets used to it.

  6. by FF Visitor 18th Jan 2013 13:04

    Oh do shut up you monotonous bore. fuck off and hang yourself you miserable unemployed benefit sponging twat :mrgreen:

  7. by FF Visitor 18th Jan 2013 16:41

    Oh do shut up you tedious insipid monotonous bore. Why don't you get a job you benefit scrounging sponger :mrgreen:

  8. by FF Visitor 18th Jan 2013 20:09

    About time someone told the jerk :lol: :lol: :lol: