7 Easy-to-Find Foods Help Prevent Cancer

A bowl full of steamed bright green broccoli. But you know broccoli is good for you, especially without melted cheese. The question is, how good? And more specifically, can it, or any food, help prevent diseases, such as cancer? The answer is yes: some foods do show cancer-fighting properties, although no one can yet say that one food or another can prevent or stop cancer. cancer on its way. Still, a body of research suggests that an overall healthy diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables is the key to avoiding heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer, too. In fact, scientists know more about what not to eat (meats processed, salty foods, sugary drinks, large portions of red meat) than what fruits and vegetables to pile on your plate. But they do know that these foods matter. A comprehensive review of thousands of studies on diet, physical activity, and weight by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research pointed to the benefits of eating mostly vegetable. Foods like broccoli, berries, and garlic showed some of the strongest links to cancer prevention. They are low in calories and fat and packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that may help reduce cancer risk. physical activity and weight by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research pointed out the benefits of eating mainly plant-based foods. Foods like broccoli, berries and garlic showed some of the strongest links to cancer prevention. They are low in calories and fat and packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that may help reduce cancer risk. physical activity and weight by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research pointed out the benefits of eating mainly plant-based foods. Foods like broccoli, berries and garlic showed some of the strongest links to cancer prevention. They are low in calories and fat and packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that may help reduce cancer risk.

Antioxidants, Phytochemicals, and Cancer

You’ve heard of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, lycopene, and beta-carotene, which are found in many fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest that people who eat foods rich in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of cancer. A variety of plant chemicals known as phytochemicals also appear to protect cells from harmful compounds in food and the environment, as well as prevent cell damage and mutations.

A diet that could prevent cancer doesn’t really look that different from the healthy foods you should be eating anyway, PhD, RD, associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Center. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains and lean meat or fish.

And weight matters too. Keep the scale at a healthy number and lose a few pounds if you need to. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and others.

So what foods should you eat to give your body the best chance of avoiding cancer? WebMD analyzed the sometimes contradictory research to uncover some foods you’ll want to eat plenty of, starting now.

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