Mon 19 August 2019
| GAZPACHO, CANCER FIGHTING REFRESHING SPANISH DISH
Gazpacho: Cancer fighting refreshing dish this summer in Spain
So how does this traditional Spanish tomato dish Help fight cancer? Well science has actually revealed why we should love the Spanish summer classic, Gazpacho
Not only is it perfectly refreshing on a hot day but new research shows that it has cancer fighting qualities.
Researchers at the universities of Granada and Almeria conducted research that appears to reveal that gazpacho can help fight cancer.
The results of a preclinical study shows that the exact blend of ingredients that go into gazpacho, the traditional Andalusian soup so popular in summer, can have a paralyzing effect on cancer cells.
The research, which was conducted in the laboratory and has not been carried out on actual cancer sufferers, replicated the digestive process on gazpacho putting it in contact with tumour cells associated with colon cancer.
As well as the main ingredient of tomatoes, gazpacho also contains onions, garlic, cucumber, peppers and of course, olive oil.
The study determined that the blend of ingredients used to make gazpacho could not only stop the growth of tumour cells but could actually kill them.
“Colon cancer cells (HT-29) were exposed to growing concentrations of gazpacho previously digested in vitro to simulate the delivery of bioactive molecules to colon cells after food consumption,” explained the study authors in a report published by Food Research International magazine.
Make Your Own Gazpacho TODAY from the fresh produce ready available at all Spanish Markets
70g cucumber, half peeled and chopped
50g red pepper, deseeded and chopped
50g green pepper, deseeded and chopped
1kg ripe plum tomatoes, cored and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
50g onion, finely chopped
30g sherry vinegar
50g – 100g Olive oil
8 ice cubes
200g cold water
Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Use an immersion blender. Blend to desired smoothness. Refrigerate overnight.