Canary bananas may counter colon cancer

RESEARCHERS at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid are carrying out a study into whether Canarian bananas can prevent colon cancer, because of the high content of their soluble-fibre pectin.

The study, backed the Association of Organisations of Canary Banana Producers (Asprocan), is looking into the possible, positive effects of Canarian-banana intake as an aid to combat colon cancer.

During a Madrid conference at the second Congress on Nutrition, Food and Dietetics, the study’s scientific director, Professor Antonio López, said the diet was a “fundamental factor” in preventing diseases such as cancer.

“Hence, the importance, in this case, of gaining scientific knowledge on the possible positive effects that banana intake may have,” he said.

The main objective of this research is to understand the role fibre can play in the prevention of colon cancer.

Fruit, and the banana, especially, is an important source of fibre, and bananas from the Canary Islands have a particularly high content of a soluble fibre called pectin, when compared with those from other countries.

In fact, the bananas grown in the Canary Islands contain almost twice as much pectin as those of other origins.

And, according to Prof López: “This could, potentially, have beneficial effects on the human intestine and, therefore, play an important role in the prevention of colon cancer.”

In short, he added: “The goal of this scientific study is to find out whether any component of bananas is capable of reducing the growth of colon epithelial tumour cells, because of its capacity to act on the mitochondria.”

And, after the first results obtained, he said: “The prospects are very promising.”

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