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Artichoke Health Benefits Include Colon Cancer Prevention

Maria Steinhauer

spinach artichoke pizza

Artichokes are high in fiber and antioxidants, making them a wise choice for cancer prevention. A diet based on vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, along with consistent exercise helps prevent the accumulation of toxins, as well as inflammation in the colon.

Artichokes Contain Antioxidants

Artichokes have a high ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) score. This means they are effective in reducing oxidative stress in the body by absorbing and eliminating free radicals (molecules which damage cells and can lead to disease). Studies show the antioxidants in artichokes can even help reduce the growth of cancerous cells. The antioxidant properties of artichokes come from several sources including polyphenols, quercetin, rutin and vitamin C.

Artichokes are Full of Fiber

Just one medium artichoke has about 10 grams of fiber. Your body uses this fiber to flush out waste and toxins from your colon. Making sure to get the daily recommended amount of fiber from your diet is another way to keep your bowels healthy and avoid colon cancer (symptoms of which include abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits or blood in the stool).

Spinach Artichoke Pizza Recipe

Let this spinach artichoke pizza be part of your colon-healthy diet. With the antioxidant power and fiber content of the artichokes on top, as well as fiber from the whole grain wheat crust, this is a smart choice for a cancer prevention diet.

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

11-inch whole wheat pizza crust, thawed if frozen

Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Toppings:

  • 1 cup pizza blend shredded cheese, divided
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • 3 tbsp sliced fire-roasted red peppers (from a jar)
  • 2 artichoke hearts (from a can), chopped
  • ½ chicken breast, cooked/chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450 F (or follow the directions on the crust package).
  2. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt and pepper together to make the garlic oil.
  3. Put thawed crust onto a cookie sheet and spread the garlic oil across the crust.
  4. Top pizza with ½ cup of the shredded cheese, then spinach, peppers, artichokes, and chicken. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the pizza, then basil, followed by oregano.
  5. Carefully transfer pizza to the warmed pizza stone and bake for about 10 minutes (or follow package directions). Cut into 8 slices.



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