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  • How to make the best Spanish gazpacho

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    INGREDIENTS

    1 kg ripe tomatoes
    1 cucumber (150 g)
    1 green pepper (80 gr)
    A quarter of an onion (50 gr)
    1 clove of garlic
    200 ml extra virgin olive oil iloveaceite white label
    20 ml sherry vinegar (2 tablespoons).
    10 gr salt
    A pinch of cumin (optional)
    200 ml water (one glass)

    Processing Time: 15 minutes

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    PREPARATION

    Wash the vegetables well.

    Tomatoes: remove the stem first. Remove the tough core at each end by going in at an angle. With the knife inserted about three-fourths of an inch from the stem, turn the tomato until you've got yourself a cone you can pop right out. Cut the tomatoes into large chunks Tomatoes are sensitive fruit. Be gentle!

    Peel the cucumber and cut into large pieces. Remove the seeds and white membranes from inside the green pepper, and chop into large pieces. Peel the onion and cut a quarter of it.

    Put all vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion and garlic),  in a large bowl and mix with the extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, water, salt and cumin. Blend with the mixer until totally smooth.

    Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Chill the gazpacho in the fridge for several hours until cold. Serve in large bowls, garnished with finely diced cucumber, green pepper and/or bread.

    Photos: Gastromedia

  • Seven foods that can help protect you against breast cancer

     
    Seven breast cancer-busting foodsIt´s estimated that breast cancer kills 12,000 UK women each year. And with more than 50,000 British women being diagnosed with breast cancer every year, it is important that you take every action to help prevent this disease.

    It’s well-established that your diet can significantly help reduce the risk of developing cancer. And growing evidence is showing that eating the right kind of foods plays an important part in helping to prevent breast cancer.
    Here are 7 foods that can help protect you against breast cancer:

    CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES: Cruciferous vegetables contain a group of substances, known as glucosinolates — sulphur-containing chemicals — which give these vegetables, like cauliflower, garlic, onions and cabbage, their bitter pungent flavour and strong fragrance. Studies have shown that glucosinolates help prevent DNA damage in cells and may also help induce the death of abnormal cells, which could reduce the risk of cancer.

    DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: Studies have suggested that the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. A meta-analysis that reviewed the relationship between breast cancer and vegetable consumption, concluded that the consumption of fruits and vegetables high in specific antioxidants (known as carotenoids) and vitamins (specifically vitamins A, C, and E) may help reduce the risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

    BEANS AND PULSES: The long-running Nurses Health Study found that the intake of beans and pulses, like lentils and chickpeas, was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Apart from being loaded with nutrients like calcium, iron and B vitamins, beans and pulses also offer an excellent source of vegetable protein, which is especially beneficial when you are trying to avoid or cut down on eating meat.

    TOMATOES: The cancer-busting properties of tomatoes comes from their high antioxidant levels. Breast cancer expert, Dr. Tara Whyand, an oncology dietitian cancer nutrition adviser, says that consuming antioxidant rich foods like tomatoes, watermelon and papaya, which are all rich in the antioxidant lycopene, can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Extra virgin olive oil is filled with antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Antioxidants reduce oxidisation — which increases levels of free radicals that are known to cause cancer — in the body. A study, carried out by the University of Navarra in Pamplona, showed that women who added extra virgin olive oil to their meals had a 62 per cent lower risk of breast cancer, compared to those with small or no extra virgin olive oil in their diet.

    OMEGA-3 FISH OILS: In two studies, from the Zhejiang University and the APCNS Center of Nutrition, researchers looked at the anti-cancer effects of omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish). In total 800,000 women participated in these studies and the researchers found that those women who had the highest intake of omega-3, also had the lowest risk of developing breast cancer. The results showed that the women who had the highest intake of omega-3 fatty acids had a 14 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer compared to those who consumed less omega-3s.

    FLAXSEEDS: Flaxseeds contains lignans which are a primary source of phytoestrogens — oestregen-like chemicals found in plant foods. In a study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers reported that the antioxidant activity of phytoestrogens make them “strong candidates for a role as natural cancer-protective compounds.” The researchers added that countries with the highest consumption of phytoestrogens also tend to have the lowest cancer rates.

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