A pizza a day may keep cancer away
- By: Shiba Sinha
Pizza, the perennial student favourite, may reduce the incidence of certain gastrointestinal cancers, say researchers in the International Journal of Cancer.
Silvano Gallus and colleagues from the Pharmacology Institute in Milan, Italy, compared the pizza eating habits of 8000 Italians and concluded that “pizza eating is a favourable indicator of risk for digestive tract neoplasms.”
Pizza eaters are 26% less likely to develop colon cancer, 34% less likely to have cancer of the mouth and have 59% less chance of suffering oesophageal cancer.
Increasing the frequency of pizza eating may also have a protective effect. Patients who ate pizza once a week or more were up to four times less likely to develop certain cancers than those who only ate one slice of pizza three times a month.
The preventative properties of pizza are closely associated with that of cooked tomatoes, which release carotenoids--biological antioxidants believed to protect cells and