And it is that several media have echoed a story in which it is said that new Spanish research has found that gazpacho is able to paralyze the growth of colon cancer cells.
Unfortunately, neither research really says that, nor is there any evidence that gazpacho slows the development of these cells and, therefore, serves to fight colon cancer. I wish it were the case, but no.
The reality is that this research, from the University of Granada and the University of Almeria, has been carried out only in vitro. To do this, the researchers exposed cancer cells in vitro, so that in the laboratory the effect of digestion was simulated, at different concentrations of gazpacho since the tomato has a series of properties that the researchers considered beneficial.
What has been found is that the higher the concentration of gazpacho, the more the progress of the cancer cells stopped or even died. The problem? For starters, it is in vitro, and this means that these results are only given in the laboratory and under human manipulation. Which does not have to mean that it replicates in a real human stomach and digestion?
We must also remember that cells when working with them in vitro die easily for different reasons. In vitro investigations are very preliminary and come to work to see if it is something worthwhile to continue investigating, but they confirm nothing. That is why even the authors themselves remember that it is a preclinical investigation whose conclusions are only valid in vitro and in a laboratory.
In short, and as we have said before, anti-cancer diets do not exist and, for the moment, the only thing that can be said about gazpacho is that it is very healthy and ideal food to consume in the summer months.