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New Cancer Protection: Pizza

Italian researchers say eating pizza can protect against cancer. This is certainly more palatable than the latestcure from Thailand. They say eating pizza regularly reduces the risk of developing cancer of the esophagus by 59%. Colon cancer fell by 26% and mouth cancer by 34% among pizza eaters.

The reason could be the lycopene, the antioxidant chemical in tomatoes which is thought to protect against cancer.

Researcher Silvano Gallus looked at 3,300 people who developed cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat or colon and compared them with 5,000 people who did not have cancer. He asked them how often they eat pizza, and found that those who ate it at least once a week had less chance of developing cancer.

Gallus says, "We knew that tomato sauce could offer protection against certain tumors, but we did not expect pizza as a complete meal also to offer such protective powers."

Many of our assumptions turn out not to be correct.

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