04 Jun '11, 8pm

Hold the Pickles: Are Some Types Carcinogenic?

Hold the Pickles: Are Some Types Carcinogenic?

Pickles, or more precisely pickled vegetables (read on; it's not just your average dill under scrutiny here), could possibly cause cancer, says the World Health Organization . Slate cites figures from Asian countries connecting eating pickled vegetables and rates of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (which is a cancer attacking the cells of the esophagus) in regions where people eat higher amounts of fermented vegetables, as fresh ones are not available. While clinical studies of a possible cancer-pickled vegetable link have been "mixed," a 2009 review of existing studies in Nature suggested eating said pickled vegetables can roughly double a person's risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Further, gastric cancer rates are "unusually high" in South Korea and Japan, even though both countries' populations eat 73 percent more vegetables, and Japanese 34 percent more, t...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/real-food/blog/hold-the-pickl...

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