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Eat Pizza, Stay Cancer Free?



Lets trade cancer for Heart Disease and Obesity! Yay!

Eating pizza 'cuts cancer risk'

Pizzas are covered with a potentially protective tomato sauce
Italian researchers say eating pizza could protect against cancer.
Researchers claim eating pizza regularly reduced the risk of developing oesophageal cancer by 59%.

The risk of developing colon cancer also fell by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%, they claimed.

The secret could be lycopene, an antioxidant chemical in tomatoes, which is thought to offer some protection against cancer, and which gives the fruit its traditional red colour.

Before people start dialling the pizza takeaway, they should consider that pizza can be high in saturated fat, salt and calories
Nicola O'Connor, Cancer Research UK
But some experts cast doubt on the idea that pizza consumption was the explanation for why some people did not develop cancer.

They said other foods or dietary habits could play a part.


The researchers looked at 3,300 people who had developed cancer of the mouth, oesophagus, throat or colon and 5,000 people who had not developed cancer.

They were asked about their eating habits, and how often they ate pizza.

Those who ate pizza at least once a week had less chance of developing cancer, they found.

Dr Silvano Gallus, of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmaceutical Research in Milan, who led the research: "We knew that tomato sauce could offer protection against certain tumours, but we did not expect pizza as a complete meal also to offer such protective powers."

Nicola O'Connor, of Cancer Research UK, told BBC News Online: "This study is interesting and the results should probably be looked at in the context of what we already know about the Mediterranean diet and it's association with a lower risk of certain types of cancer.

"But before people start dialling the pizza takeaway, they should consider that pizza can be high in saturated fat, salt and calories.

"In contrast to the classic Italian pizza, UK varieties are often loaded with high fat cheeses and fatty meats, a high intake of which can contribute to obesity, itself a risk factor for cancer.

"Our advice is to enjoy pizza in moderation as part of a balanced diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruit."

Mediterranean diet

And Carlo La Vecchia, a Milan-based epidemiologist said pizza-lovers should not see the research as a licence to indulge their fondness for the food.

"There is nothing to indicate that pizza is the only thing responsible for these results."

He told AFP news agency: "Pizza could simply be indicative of a lifestyle and food habits, in other words the Italian version of a Mediterranean diet."

A Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, fibre, vegetables, fruit, flour and freshly cooked food - including non-frozen, home-made pizza.


My immediate thought was that the cause was lycopene. A pizza with skim mozzarella, olive oil, whole wheat crust, lean beef, and of course tomato sauce would be a good choice I think. I make this all the time, and it tastes fantastic.



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How ironic that it was Italian researchers who made the connection between pizza and cancer-fighting...


Here's an idea: skip the pizza, and EAT THE TOMATOES

Which is what Italians do. Pizzas are not the same over there and not as commonly consumed. Tomatoes however, are.

Stupid tabloid science




I'm sure drinking urine has some sort of benefit too, but should you?

Ok ....a bit extreme, but anything has good and bad things about them. It's up to you to decide what works best.

I eat pizza once a week and I'm fat.


Yes, because it's sterile and it tastes good.


They say to eat pizza, not A pizza...


They just want to sell more pizza.
I mean,come on guys.
Apple pies have apples in them,do they say eat apple pies stay cancer free? Why not just the apples?

If they didn't want to sell something,they'd say "it appears that tamato sauce,commonly found in foods like pizza ,has cancer-fighting properties(and it does)."



There's a difference?


Unfortunately for me, no there isn't. A lone pizza stands no chance.


Damn, that could actually work...

On a more serious note, I believe the tomatoes would have to be cooked or processed in some way in order to access the lycopene to a significant degree.


Yeah, really. I can't remember the last time I had "some" pizza.

If I'm going to eat pizza, I'm going all the way dammit.



Anyway, I don't actually believe this. I jsut thought it was funny. Like some one else said, "Skip the pizza, eat the tomatoes".


Ordering a pizza and not eating the whole thing is bush league...


I'm safe, if it was possible to overdose on Marinara I would have died before I was 5.


Italian scientists are always trying to prove how good the "Mediterranean Diet" is for you. Some parts of it are...fish, olive oil, whole wheat pasta, and now tomatos (they used to be considered poor peoples food, and were not so popular until post WWII)

The other thing is Italian pizza is absolutly nothing like American pizza. Even American pizza from some nice restautrant isn't the same. Italian margherita (cheese) pizza is thin crust, traditionally whole durum wheat(but its not as common anymore), SOME tomato sauce, SOME part-skim mozarella. Its a hellofalot thinner and smaller and, unlike most American pizza, there is no trans-fat involved! In fact, many people add some olive oil on the pizza because the cheese is so lean. Of course, you can add whatever toppings you want, but they don't pile em on...its pretty skimp.

If you guys eat one American pizza to yourselves, then you'd probably eat 2 or 3 Italian pizzas!


Yeah, I remember something like this from when I was in Italy when I was 9.

That pizza sucked ass, to my Americanized mind.

That crappy pizza is honestly the primary thing I remember about Italy. Another reason not to bring a young child on a European vacation...