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Eating Beans and Rice May Reduce Cancer

Clinical trials at Colorado State University (CSU) confirm that people who ate food enhanced with navy beans and rice bran may gain some protection against colorectal cancer. Past studies on animals showed similar benefits. The research was funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

“The evidence is there in animals and we can now study this in people. The question is, what are we doing to achieve adequate levels of intake of these foods,” said Elizabeth Ryan of Colorado State University.

The next research step will examine the effects of cooked navy bean powder and rice bran on colon tissue of people who had colorectal cancer and are at high risk for recurrence.

Read the full CSU article.

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