Reading Time: < 1 minute Researchers tested asparagine, not asparagus
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A top plant-based doctor has blasted reports that asparagus may help breast cancer spread.

According to researchers at the University of Cambridge, tests on mice showed tumour cells were less able to spread without the amino acid, asparagine.

Asparagine is found in foods including dairy, beef, poultry, eggs, fish, and asparagus.

But according to Dr. Garth Davis media reports blaming asparagus for the spread of cancer are off the mark.


He said: “Asparginine is a non essential amino acid meaning you will make it even if you don’t eat. 

“And just because it sounds like asparagus doesn’t mean it is only found in asparagus. 

“The study did NOT test asparagus. The amino acid is found in many foods. 

“This study was done to look for possible targets of medicines in cancer patients. The authors actually say that they tell their patients to eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies.

“Asparagus actually has been shown to have a cancer fighting chemical called glutathione and is high in vitamin K and B vitamins and fiber.”


He added: “The World Health organization assembles a working group of 22 of the world’s top scientists in cancer research and conclude that red meat and processed meat are carcinogenic and nobody bats an eye. 

The Daily Mail runs an article about one isolated lab study looking at a certain amino acid in mice with cancer OVEFED an amino acid called asparginine and tell people not to eat asparagus and the internet blows up.

“People, science doesn’t work like this!!”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.