Friday, February 11, 2011

5 Ingredients in your Soups That Can Prevent Cancer

You already know soups are the best way to ensure that your kids eat the right amount of nutrients. But, did you know that soups can play an important role in determining your child’s current and future health? Recent studies have shown that daily consumption of low-fat high-fibre vegetable soups can lower the risk of many cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Take a look at these five ingredients you can add to your soups to lower the risk of cancer:
  • Tomatoes contain the pigment lycopene, which is highly effective against cancers of the prostate gland, cervix, colon, rectum, stomach, mouth, and oesophagus.
  • Coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid found in tomatoes lower the risk of lung cancer.
  • A study conducted by Hengyang University in Kenya found that glucosinolates in cabbage help prevent stomach cancer.
  • Cabbage has also been known to lower the risk of breast cancer in women.
  • A Japanese study discovered that some of the glyconutrients in spinach inhibited the growth of cancer cells.
  • In a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School, spinach was found effective in combating ovarian cancer, thanks to the flavanoid ‘apigenin’.
  • Another study by the Harvard Medical School found neoxanthin, a carotenoid found in spinach, effective against prostate cancer.
  • Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA, found that the risk of breast cancer in women who consumed spinach daily was lowered by about 44 per cent.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, falcarinol, a phytonutrient in carrots, is effective against various cancers.
  • The antioxidant alpha-carotene in carrots lowers the risk of lung cancer.
  • Experiments have proved that the substances called ITCs (isothiocyanates) found in broccoli can stop the growth of cancer cells.
  • Broccoli has also been found to lower the incidence of prostate gland cancer in men.
So go ahead, and start adding these vegetables to your soups and ensure you and your family lead a healthy and disease-free life.

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