With Anchovies or Plain?
Pizza's Anticancer Effects
about that apple... according to researchers from Milan, Italy,
it's a pizza a day that keeps cancer away.
A group in
Milan were trying to determine what foods helped prevent cancer.
Being in Italy, they decided to ask about pizza eating habits.
shocked everyone: the people who ate the most pizza had the fewest
cases of cancer.
In a group
of nearly 8000 there were 598 cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer.
Out of this group, 310 ate no pizza at all, 213 occasionally had
pizza. Only 75 were regular pizza eaters.
for colon cancer followed the same trend. Out of 1,225 patients
cancer, the number who ate no pizza was 503. Those who ate
pizza up to three times a month had 473 of the cases of colon
cancer. But the people who ate pizza at least once a week? Only
249 had colon cancer.
were 59 percent less likely to contract cancer of the esophagus,
and 26 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon.
The lead researcher,
Dr. Silvano Gallus of the Institute of Pharmacological Research
in Milan told Sunday's La Repubblica newspaper, "We knew
that tomato sauce was protective against certain tumors, but we
certainly didn't expect that pizza as a whole would provide such
suggesting that the Mediterranean Diet, a diet rich in olive oil,
fiber, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables may have more
to do with the results than eating massive quantities of pizza.
guessed that the results probably were more likely to be because
of the tomato and olive oil used in making the pizza than the
pizza itself. Refined carbohydrates in pizza have been linked
with some cancers tomato sauce and olive oil have been
found to reduce the risk of cancer.
the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) suggested
that because pizza contains substantial amounts of fat and calories
it should be dropped from the American diet. Perhaps they will
reconsider now that pizza has become a health food?
of this same study was that those who drank more coffee were less
likely to get cirrhosis
of the liver.
decide to start a pizza and coffee diet, stop and think. What you should
take away from these studies is that eating a balanced diet is
healthy. Avoid food fads. Try to stay away from making any radical
dietary changes based on the latest research - moderation in diet
seems to be the key to good health.
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