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Maltol may have cancer-fighting properties

'Prompts tumor cells to commit suicide' say Italian scientists

Maltol may have cancer-fighting properties

Urbino, March 22 - Maltol, the naturally occurring flavor enhancer, may also be a tumor fighter. According to scientists at the University of Urbino, Italy, a substance found inside the white crystalline powder produced from roasted malt may produce molecules that prompt cancerous cells to commit suicide. The substance can also be produced from chicory, cacao, coffee, and a variety of other natural products, say the researchers.

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