It’s true! In fact there have been many population studies that offer much evidence regarding the anti-cancer properties of garlic and onions.
Several population studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast. Population studies are multidisciplinary studies of population groups that investigate the cause, incidence, or spread of a disease or examine the effect of health-related interventions, dietary and nutritional intakes, or environmental exposures. An analysis of data from seven population studies showed that the higher the amount of raw and cooked garlic consumed, the lower the risk of stomach and colorectal cancer .
Several population studies conducted in China centered on garlic consumption and cancer risk. In one study, investigators found that frequent consumption of garlic and various types of onions and chives was associated with reduced risk of esophageal and stomach cancers, with greater risk reductions seen for higher levels of consumption. Similarly, in another study, the consumption of allium vegetables, especially garlic and onions, was linked to a reduced risk of stomach cancer. In a third study, greater intake of allium vegetables (more than 10 g per day vs. less than 2.2 g per day), particularly garlic and scallions, was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in prostate cancer risk.
1 whole medium-large onion
1/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 cup water
Big soup spoon
Cup of hot herbal tea
- Peel every clove of the head of garlic.
- Slice the cloves of garlic thin and cut into strips.
- Peel the onion. Cut the onion in half and slice very thin.
- Heat olive oil in saute pan.
- Lightly saute the slivers of garlic until softer. Do not brown.
- Add onions.
- Add more olive oil if needed to keep garlic and onion covered.
- Saute until onions become soft and translucent.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Add water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Add more water for servings if needed.
- Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve in a bowl. Eat with a big spoon and crusty bread.
- Enjoy your soup and bread with a cup of hot herbal tea.