If You Are What You Eat – You're Full of It!!

by DavalosMcCormack on December 12, 2007

A basic rule of science is ‘what goes in must come out’. Then there’s that other rule, ‘garbage in, garbage out’. But if the findings from one of the leading international cancer conference are true, then we might have to add a third rule; ‘what goes in, comes out as garbage’.

The findings are all emerging from the wonderfully pithy Cancer Research’s Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention. The basic message is ‘eat your vegetables’. You could stop reading here but then you’d miss all the really fun stuff.

For instance, where else would you see this really cool research title; “Dietary administration of black raspberries modulates markers of oxidative stress in patient with Barrett’s esophagus”.

First of all, don’t you love that bit “dietary administration”, that means eat in plain English. Secondly where the heck do you find black raspberries? And thirdly, who is Barrett and why does the person eating black raspberries have his esophagus?

Anyway. The best part is none of that matters. All folks like you and me have to know is that eating black raspberries reduces your risk of cancer of the esophagus (your throat). Big deal you might think, but it is. Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in terms of numbers in the U.S. and will kill an estimated 14,000 people this year. So whatever black raspberries are find them, and start eating.

Moving to the other end of the spectrum. Your spectrum that is. Eating broccoli sprouts can dramatically reduce your risk of bladder cancer.

I know, I don’t like broccoli that much either, but I’m rather fond of my bladder. The good part of this study from the folks at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is that you don’t actually have to eat broccoli, you just eat the sprouts in salad or on sandwiches. They don’t taste nearly as nasty as broccoli and they’re just as good for you, if not better.

Now my dear friend and co-editor Shirley says she got her kids to eat broccoli by telling her kids that they were little trees. But she’s sneaky and that trick won’t work for everyone. But you could try it. Mind you, who wants to eat trees!

So. You’re probably thinking. Ok, this is fine. One kind of fruit reduces one kind of cancer. Another kind of veggie reduces another. Am I supposed to eat all these every day? No. Here’s the best part. They only studied individual fruits and vegetables for individual cancers, but we can generalize and say eating fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce your overall risk of cancer.

It isn’t exactly a great leap of faith. There’s a ton of research to show this. They just keep coming back with more. Maybe because the broccoli sprout association of America (if there is such a thing) needs to sell more sprouts. Maybe someone bought 27 acres of black raspberries and needed some scientific evidence to get them in USA Today. Who cares. They taste good. They’ll save your butt – or bladder. Enjoy.

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