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The Allium (Garlic/Onion) Family
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The Allium (Garlic/Onion) Family

Most cooks think of garlic, onions, scallions, leeks, and chives as flavor enhancers, but they also have the potential to protect against stomach cancer according to the latest report on diet and cancer from the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR). Animal research suggests the long list of cancer-protective compounds found in the allium family may slow the development of breast, colon, esophagus, and lung cancer, too. Look for recipes that feature garlic or onion as a main ingredient rather than as a subtle flavor enhancer to gain the most benefit.

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