Could Pizza Help Prevent Cancer?

A study examines how pizza could help your health

A study was conducted for a different cancer prevention methods, and as obscure as it sounds, it’s Mediterranean pizza.

Italian Epidemiologist Silvano Gallus conducted a diet survey study featuring around 5,500 Italians, 598 of which were cancer patients and 4,999 without cancer. Gallus said:

“We found that regular pizza eaters had 34% less risk of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer, 59% less risk of esophageal cancer, and 25% less risk of colon cancer”

Pizza is a classic Italian dish, but hold off on ordering take-out, says Gallus. He told Web MD:

“Italian pizza is very different from other kinds of pizza. In Italy, we eat pizza from the pizzeria, where it is the main dish. It is very different from fast-food.”

Italian pizza has less refined carbohydrates due to the simplicity of olive oil, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Cooked tomatoes have a nutrient in them called lycopene that prevents cancer, the same goes for the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.

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