“Let food be thy medicine” is a well-known quote. But is this possible? According to research, it is! We give you list of 5 top cancer preventing foods and ideas on how to prepare them.
Cancer is one of the most horrible and deadly diseases in the world. Of course, it can come on unpredictably, but there are foods that you can start eating in abundance right now that are known to help prevent this horrific disease later on. Enjoy these healthy, disease preventing foods, and live a long and healthy life.
Who doesn’t love berries? I know I absolutely love eating berries. My two favorite kinds are strawberries and blackberries, but the good news is that ALL berries are known of top cancer preventing foods. Berries have agents that can slow down the formation of tumors and cancer cells. Of course, berries can be eaten in many ways.
I love putting them in smoothies, homemade sorbet and on top of yogurt and granola. Berries can also be used in savory dishes like salads. Of course, you can also snack on berries raw! You can’t deny how delicious they are. Berries are nature’s candy, and they help to prevent cancers and keep your body very healthy. Fill up on your berries!
Tomatoes have also been shown to stop cancer cell growth. This is great news because tomatoes are savory and healthy, and can be used in so many different dishes. It may sound unappetizing to some, but try tomato juice. It actually tastes really good.
Tomatoes can also be used in omelets or on toast for breakfast, in salads (not just greens- maybe a quinoa or couscous salad) and sandwiches for lunch and cooked in pasta dishes for dinner. I keep a garden during the summer and grow grape tomatoes. They taste amazing right off the vine. Keep eating those tomatoes—they will help to prevent cancer.
Not just oranges, but any food with a lot of Vitamin C is great to eat if trying to prevent cancer. Vitamin C helps to prevent cancer-causing compounds. Broccoli and grapefruit also have high levels of Vitamin C. I find that starting the day with a citrus fruit like an orange or grapefruit really helps to wake up the body and digestive system.
Of course, you can also drink orange and grapefruit juice. Oranges can also make a great snack while satisfying your sweet tooth. Just add a square or two of dark chocolate to an orange slice. The combination is unbeatable!
Nope, you’re not nuts to think that eating all different kinds of nuts can prevent cancer. Nuts contain Vitamin E, which help to prevent cancer, and peanuts and almonds contain particularly high quantities of this vitamin.
Of course, nuts can also be used in different dishes at any time of the day. You can add them to your oatmeal for breakfast, salad at lunch (try making a quinoa salad with dried apricots and almonds) and your pesto at dinner. Or, simply eat them as is as a snack!
If you don’t want to eat whole nuts, use nut butters and drink nut milks. There are so many kinds. I love almond and cashew milk. The possibilities are endless with this versatile food, so get nuts into your diet!
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. The fact that this superfood can also prevent cancer is a major bonus. Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and Vitamin C, which both help to prevent cancer.
One of my favorite ways to make sweet potatoes is to chop them up into small pieces and roast them with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. Delicious. Sweet potatoes are also great savory, for example, cut up into fries with some salt and pepper and eaten with ketchup. You can add sweet potato to anything really, and it will make the dish more delicious and healthy. Load up on sweet potatoes—they’re as healthy as they are delicious!
This one is a little bit less obvious, because flaxseed isn’t a whole food you can consume like berries or sweet potatoes. You can buy ground up flaxseed at most grocery stores, and one bag will last you a very long time. You can add flaxseed to anything: smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, salads, soups, etc.
For my fellow vegans, a great egg substitute is the “flax egg”, which is made with two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of flaxseed. Wait a few minutes until it becomes an egg-like consistency to bind foods.
Flaxseed has no taste, but it has numerous benefits and is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which help to prevent cancers. Sneak flaxseed into your diet wherever you can!
Scientists and researchers believe that tea, especially green tea, contains many cancer-preventing agents. There is nothing harmful at all about drinking tea. It is amazing for the body and very soothing and calming for the system.
Try a fruity tea if you want something sweet, or a stronger tea like Earl Grey or Chai if you’re really looking for a flavor punch. If you’re not feeling so great, drink Chamomile tea while mint teas help with stomachaches and digestion. In the morning, green and English breakfast tea is delicious with any fruit. Any time is tea time!
As you can see, eating a plant-based and healthy diet is really the foundation for eating the foods that will prevent cancers. Do you have any recipes containing these foods that are healthy and delicious? Comment below! Stay healthy.
Lindsay is a nursing student (aka a walking zombie from no sleep) that has always had a knack for writing, and she also loves high fashion and beauty. She also has a big passion for cooking and loves coming up with a bunch of healthy recipes to share.
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