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Topic # 229130 8-Feb-2018 21:02
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Food may influence cancer spread
By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News

here is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer's growth and spread, say Cambridge scientists.

Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine.

It is found in the foodies' favourite asparagus, as well as poultry, seafood and many other foods.

In the future, scientists hope to take advantage of cancer's "culinary addictions" to improve treatment.

Asparagine is an amino acid - a building block of protein - and takes its name from asparagus.


The study, conducted at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, took place on mice with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Normally they would die in a couple of weeks as the tumour spread throughout the body.

But when the mice were given a low-asparagine diet or drugs to block asparagine then the tumour struggled to spread.

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  Reply # 1953905 8-Feb-2018 21:58
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Bugger, I like asparagus!



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  Reply # 1954007 9-Feb-2018 08:04
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  Reply # 1954026 9-Feb-2018 08:36
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No, Asparagus Won't Give You Cancer

Probably a good headline and actually correct. Even so that article has at least one thing wrong.

The Guardian has better summary of the facts - bad headline:

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  Reply # 1954059 9-Feb-2018 09:39
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Focusing on a single element in foods and attributing negative outcomes to said element is a scientifically sound methodology but can rarely be applied in the 'real' world. Humans and the foods we eat are incredibly complicated with millions of variables involved. I'll continue to eat a diverse diet with a focus on whole foods and plants (including asparagus). 


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  Reply # 1954061 9-Feb-2018 09:43
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Asparagine is reasonably common - beef, dairy, seafood, soy ... others I can't remember


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  Reply # 1954125 9-Feb-2018 10:18
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Lol, they must have seen the same FB post a friend of mine posted a couple of weeks ago.......



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