There have been several studies supporting the anti-cancer benefits of certain phytoalexins. For example, Glyceollins, a phytoalexin isolated from activated soy, demonstrated anti-proliferative effects in ER-positive breast cancer and BG-1 ovarian cancer. Resveratrol, a more widely recognized phytoalexin found in common foods such as grapes, blueberries and raspberries has been studied extensively and shows broad spectrum application in cancer care. Resveratrol has been found to inhibit the growth of certain prostate and breast cancers.
Taking aim at this issue is an innovative program in France initiated by Intermarche, its third largest supermarket. It purchases ugly fruits and vegetables that are headed for the garbage and sells them at a discount to its costumers. Intermarche has also developed their own line of soups and fruit juices made from the ugly ducklings of the produce world. The project has shown great success and it is a valuable concept for decreasing food waste.
So all in all, what is the moral of this story? Well truly it is a simple one; when it comes to filling your basket with produce don’t be fooled by the pretty exterior of your fruits and vegetables. Their beauty may only be skin deep.
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Cathy Biase is a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. She specializes in the functional application of nutrition for root cause health improvement for chronic diseases, especially cancer care. Learn more at CathyBiase.com.