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Can an Apple a Day Help Keep Cancer Away?

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 30 July 2021
Can an Apple a Day Help Keep Cancer Away?
Over the years, many have questioned the validity of this well-known statement. Can one piece of fruit be the key to keeping healthy and well?

While the debate may never truly be settled, researchers from the University of Perugia (Italy) found that people who frequently eat fruit often have fewer tumours.

Apples are one of the fruits that boast a large amount of dietary fibre and polyphenol compounds that partner with gut microbes to create an environment that may reduce one's risk of cancer.

This environment is predicted to reduce the risk of several specific cancers, including lung, bowel, mouth, digestive tract, and breast tumours, when compared to people who do not consume apples regularly. The vitamin C in apples also acts as an antioxidant to support immune function and fight cancer cell growth. In addition to preventing tumours, apples may also support cancer recovery.

The amount of potassium found in apples can positively affect one's fluid balance and prevent fluid retention, which is a common side effect of chemotherapy.

Though eating an apple a day may not be the key to never falling ill, the popular fruit may greatly contribute to one's overall well-being. Luckily, including an apple into one's diet is easier than ever. In recent years, apples have become an extremely popular tool in the kitchen. They can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and of course, a snack between meals.

One of the favorite recipes shared at the National Foundation for Cancer Research is a simple apple slaw that can be consumed as a bright and healthy side for any meal or as a light lunch. The simple slaw can be whipped up easily in 30 minutes or less.

Simple Fall Slaw
Serves: 6
30 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup of broccoli finely chopped
1 medium beetroot cut into matchsticks
1.5 cups of carrots cut into matchsticks
½ cup of radish cut into matchsticks
1 large sweet apple cut into matchsticks
1/3 red onion thinly sliced
1/3 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds

Dressing

2.5 tablespoons of tahini
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 large lemon
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Water (to thin)

Method

Prepare all fruits and vegetables as mentioned above. Once chopped, add the broccoli, beet, carrots, radish, apple, and onion to a large bowl.
Combine all dressing ingredients to a bowl aside from the water and whisk. Add a small amount of water if required to ensure the dressing is thin enough to drizzle from a spoon. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Pour the dressing over the fruits/vegetables and add the sunflower seeds. Toss to coat.
Cover the bowl and chill for at least one hour or up to overnight.
The simple fall slaw can be kept for several days, though it is best consumed in the first 24-48 hours.
Author:Geoff Beaty
Tags:NewsCancerNutrition

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