My favorite cancer-fighting recipe

If you want a deliciously quick bite of more than three dozen natural chemicals that lower the risk of both cancer and heart problems, all you need is a frying pan, olive oil, onion, garlic, tomato, thyme and bay leaf.

Those ingredients are the cancer-fighting makings of sofrito — sometimes referred to as a base for many dishes and also as a style of cooking that originated in Spain dating back to medieval times.

Its popularity has spread across borders and recipes vary slightly, including different blends of vegetables and cooking oils. But can eating sofrito really help ward off cancer?

40 health-boosting compounds in one dish

Well, when researchers at the University of Barcelona analyzed Mediterranean sofrito, a mixture consisting of onions sautéed in olive oil with garlic, tomato and spices, they found forty different health-boosting phytochemicals. A veritable smorgasbord of carotenoids, vitamins, polyphenols and other antioxidants that help the body fight off chronic illness.

And those phytochemicals just may be a big part of the reason that Spain and a handful of other Latin countries come in at the bottom half of a list ranking the top 50 countries by cancer frequency. (The U.S. is number 6!)

But even more impressive is that Greece, where the Mediterranean version of sofrito originated, is completely absent from the list…

According to the researchers, their experiment “revealed the presence of polyphenols never previously reported in Mediterranean sofrito.”

Phytochemicals, especially polyphenols, are what give cancer-fighting foods their superpowers. The foods that contain them are considered superfoods, like blueberries, broccoli, turmeric and so on.

But to have forty or more in one dish… who wouldn’t make that a regular part of their diet?

Just take a closer look at sofrito’s ingredients…

To make sofrito, simply sauté chopped onion until translucent in extra-virgin olive oil, and then add garlic, tomato, thyme and bay leaf and cook for another 15 minutes.

Sofrito can be added to other dishes like stews and soups. It’s great mixed in with Italian-style green beans and even on top of a juicy cut of steak. You can also add other vegetables to the sautéed mixture.

I’ve read more than one expert explain that it’s best to get your nutrients from whole food sources, as opposed to supplementing, when possible. The cancer-fighting benefits of sofrito appear to be a true testament to that advice.

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Margaret Cantwell

By Margaret Cantwell

Margaret Cantwell began her paleo diet in 2010 in an effort to lose weight. Since then, the diet has been instrumental in helping her overcome a number of other health problems. Thanks to the benefits she has enjoyed from her paleo diet and lifestyle, she dedicates her time as Editor of Easy Health Digest™, researching and writing about a broad range of health and wellness topics, including diet, exercise, nutrition and supplementation, so that readers can also be empowered to experience their best health possible.