Bread crusts could prevent cancer

22 July, 2009

Scientists have discovered that regular consumption of bread, and particularly bread crusts, could help prevent bowel cancer.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, the chemical reaction that produces the crust during baking also triggers the release of cancer-preventing antioxidants called pronyl-lysine.

The findings, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, showed that the chemical's levels were eight times higher in the crust than in the crumb. Pronyl-lysine is claimed to halt the development of pre-cancerous lesions in the colon.

More research was needed before a dosage amount could be quantified, but the research pointed to a recommended daily intake of the chemical. Bowel tumours are the third most prevalent cancer in Britain.

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