Researchers at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid are studying whether eating Canary bananas can prevent colon cancer due to its high content of a soluble fiber called pectin.
The research, which has the support of the Association of Organizations of Canary Banana Producers (Asprocan) is looking into the possible positive effects of Canary banana intake as an aid in the prevention of colon cancer, reports Asprocan in a statement.
In the framework of a conference given at the 2nd Congress on Nutrition, Food and Dietetics, held in Madrid, the scientific director of the study, Professor Antonio López, said that one's diet is a determining factor in the prevention of certain diseases.
Antonio López said that it is, in fact, a "fundamental factor for the prevention of diseases such as cancer, hence the importance, in this case, of gaining scientific knowledge on the possible positive effects that banana intake may have."
The main objective of this research is to know the role that fiber can play in the prevention of colon cancer. Fruit, and particularly bananas, is an important source of fiber, and Canary bananas have a particularly high content of a soluble fiber called pectin, when compared to those from other countries.
In fact, the bananas grown in the Canary Islands contain almost twice as much pectin as those of other origins.
This, according to Antonio López, "could potentially have beneficial effects on the human intestine and, therefore, play an important role in the prevention of colon cancer."
The scientists are carrying out in vitro research work, analyzing the effect of pectin on cell proliferation and mitochondrial dynamics and the senescence of human colon tumor cells, he said.
In short, "the goal of this scientific study is to find out whether any component of bananas is capable of reducing the growth of colon epithelial tumor cells because of its capacity to act on the mitochondria.
And according to the first results obtained, "the prospects are very promising," said López.