Allium vegetable intake and gastric cancer: A case–control study and meta-analysis

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To provide new epidemiological data and summarize evidence on the association between allium vegetable intake and gastric cancer risk.

Methods and results:

Data were from an Italian case–control study including 230 cases and 547 controls. Odds ratios were derived using multiple logistic regression. We combined results from all published studies using random-effect models. In our case–control study, the odds ratios were 0.59 (95% confidence interval, CI, 0.25–1.41) for ≥2 portions of onion per week, 0.69 (95% CI, 0.41–1.15) for high garlic intake, and 0.70 (95% CI, 0.39–1.28) for frequent use of both onion and garlic. Besides our study, 22 case–control and four cohort studies were included in the meta-analyses (>10 000 cases). The pooled relative risks for the highest versus lowest intake category were 0.78 (95% CI, 0.67–0.91) for allium vegetables (ten case–control and four cohort studies), 0.60 (95% CI, 0.47–0.76) for garlic (12 case–control studies), and 0.55 (95% CI, 0.41–0.73) for onion (13 case–control studies). The pooled relative risk for high allium vegetable intake from the four cohorts was 1.02 (95% CI, 0.88–1.18).


High allium vegetable consumption is likely to reduce gastric cancer risk. This evidence is derived mainly from case–control studies. Further data from large cohorts are desirable for conclusive confirmation.

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