Concerned about the link between poor eating habits and cancer, multi award-winning VIVO Cafe, located in Sydney’s CBD, has taken on their own variation of the Gutsy Challenge.
Angela Vithoulkas, the owner of VIVO Cafe and City of Sydney councillor is keen to encourage their customers to choose healthy eating options and to raise funds for gastro-intestinal cancer research.
She has added nutritious meals to her menu that have proven to combat the risk of developing cancer with a proportion of all profits donated to the GI Cancer Institute.
“With 29 people in Australia dying from gastro-intestinal cancer each day and 23,000 diagnosed each year, it is important we raise fund clinical research to save, prolong and improve the lives of those suffering from this devastating disease,” said Angela.
As well as generating much-needed funds for GI cancer research, the nutritious menu has also benefitted many of Angela’s customers.
“We care about what our customers eat,” said Angela. The main ingredient in her famous Papperdelle pasta for example, contains tomato, a significant source of lycopene helps prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancers.
Recent data has also indicated that more than 30% of cancer could be prevented by having a healthy diet, according to World Health Organisation.
“Good health starts with our guts. At VIVO Cafe we are promoting healthy eating because eating a healthy, balanced diet reduces your risk of developing cancer,” said Angela.
“Changing our entire menu is a gutsy move, but I think it takes guts to beat the most common form of cancer, GI cancer,” Angela concluded.