Get Souped Up For Cervical Cancer

Good health during cervical cancer awareness month.

By Kevin RR Williams

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RECIPE Cervical cancer (cancer of the cervix) is the second most common cancer in women. If Mr. Campbell himself said you could prevent cervical cancer with a bowl of soup it's not likely you would give much credence to the statement — unless Campbell happens to be the name of your ob-gyn.

With adequate disclaimers, nutritionists list several foods to reduce risk of cervical cancer. These include choosing low-glycemic, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and fruit that are slowly digested. A reduction in protein and animal fat is suggested. Sufficient doses of Vitamin C, E, and Zinc are recommended. [1]

Based on such recommendations, it's possible to prepare recipes that, theoretically, reduce the risk of (but not claim to cure) cervical cancer. If they're tasty and do not conflict with other dietary restrictions, women may wish to include such wholesome soups in their periodic meal planning. You need not limit yourself to beets and carrots. recipes range from Grandma's Chicken Soup to Broccoli Barley Soup. During Cervical Cancer Awareness month, head over to the Heal With Food website and pick out your favorite recipe, perhaps like the one below. [2]

Apple and Onion Soup

1 tbsp canola oil
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
1 small leek, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
3 organic apples, cut into small dices
6 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until golden. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the apples, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Special thanks for soup photo by Sunithi Selvarj of Sue's Nutrition Buzz.

References
  1. Guide to Preventing Cervical Cancer. healwithfood.org ^
  2. Soup recipes for Preventing Cervical Cancer. healwithfood.org ^