39 delicious foods that are linked to a lower risk of cancer
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- Some cancers are determined by genetics and can't be avoided. But nearly half of all cancer diagnoses are linked to preventable lifestyle factors.
- Scientists are still figuring out how cancer works, but compelling evidence suggests that eating certain foods can reduce your risk of getting cancer.
- From carotenoid-rich greens like spinach and kale to fibrous foods like lentils, here's a list of items to incorporate into your diet.
Scientists haven't yet found a cure for cancer. But what they have discovered after decades of research is that there are certain behaviors, foods, and lifestyle choices we can make that either increase or decrease our odds of developing cancer.
Nearly half of all cancer diagnoses are preventable, and can be avoided if we make sure not to smoke, get enough exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and eat right.
Here are 39 of the top foods that science suggests can help you boost your chances of staying cancer-free.
Fiber is a miracle worker in the body, but not for the reason you might think.
Some overlooked fiber-rich foods include raspberries, peas, barley, lentils, and chia seeds.
If you want to get dietary fiber from bread or pasta, make sure to choose whole grains, not the refined or processed stuff.
Overall, plants are the best diet staple because they're high in fiber and contain disease-fighting phytochemicals.
The plant chemical beta carotene, which pops up in orange and yellow produce items, is especially good for you.
Legumes like beans, lentils, and chickpeas are a great way to give your immune system a shot of zinc.
Greens like spinach and kale are a great way to take in the vitamins that keep our immune systems healthy.
Broccoli and celery aren't just crunchy — they're kind of like anti-cancer defense systems for the body.
Red's a great color for fruits and vegetables, too. Tomatoes, grapefruits, and papaya in a diet can help reduce a person's risk of developing lung, stomach, prostate, and breast cancers.
Iodine-rich foods like cheese help regulate our hormones, which is bad news for tumors.
Nibbling just a few nuts a day can also help reduce your risk of cancer, especially if they're the right kind.
Like Brazil nuts, mushrooms are a good source of selenium.
Turmeric is an essential curry ingredient used around the globe. Doctors think the savory spice is one of the most excellent anti-cancer tools we can eat.
Allium vegetables like onions, shallots, leeks, and garlic do more than give us bad breath: People who eat lots of them reduce their risk of cancers of the gut.
A daily dose of coffee keeps your heart healthy and is also associated with a lower risk of certain cancers.
If you're looking for a different type of brew, green tea also seems to provide an anti-cancer boost, thanks to the plant chemicals it contains.
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