Beat back cancer with this saucy secret
If you're prone to acid reflux, maybe you've been keeping your distance from tomatoes.
These so-called "love apples" are sweet, delicious, and versatile... and they're also one of the most common "trigger" foods known to kick up acid production.
But according to the latest research, tomatoes may actually hold the key to saving you -- and your stomach -- from cancer.
Now, we already know that eating tomatoes boosts your blood levels of lycopene, which studies show lowers blood pressure, cuts your stroke risk in half , and -- gentlemen -- slashes your risk of prostate cancer.
In the new study, researchers applied extracts of whole tomatoes to stomach cancer cells in a lab dish.
It turns out that two varieties of tomatoes in particular -- San Marzano and Corbarino, both from southern Italy -- not only slowed the growth of the cancer cells, but also caused them to DIE OFF!
And if you know anything about cancer cells, you know those guys are tough to kill.
These new findings don't surprise me, since we already know that those who eat the least amounts of fruits and vegetables are at the greatest risk for developing stomach cancer.
Unfortunately, most of us aren't getting enough fresh produce in our diets -- which is maybe why stomach cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer worldwide.
And it typically strikes older folks.
So, whether you say "to-MAY-to" or "to-MAH-to," you definitely don't want to call the whole tomato thing off.
Now, that doesn't mean you have an excuse to go binge on carbo-bomb Italian foods that incorporate tomatoes, like pizza and pasta.
But you do want to look to Italy for these special tomato varieties, since they're not commonly cultivated in the U.S.
Go for the San Marzanos in glass jars, which are less processed and are less likely to be contaminated with BPA. Corbarinos are a bit harder to find -- check online retailers for jarred sauces that incorporate them.
Both varieties are lower in acid than typical American-grown tomatoes, so they're less likely to kick up your acid reflux.
You can also buy the seeds for these varieties and grow them in your own garden!
Just keep your plantings free of chemical pesticides and weed-killers. Look online for a variety of homemade recipes to keep bugs at bay.
And the best non-toxic way of getting rid of weeds is simply to pull them up.