Healthy Living Tips  |  Posted 09.29.14

AICR'S FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER™

AICR'S FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER™

No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.

FOODS CAN FIGHT CANCER BOTH DIRECTLY …

In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.

… AND INDIRECTLY

According to AICR/WCRF’s second expert report and its updates, carrying excess body fat increases the risk of seven cancers. Vegetables and fruits are low in calories, which help us get to and stay a healthy weight. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber and moderate in calories, which also help in weight management efforts.

That is why AICR recommends filling at least 2/3 of your plate with vegetables, fruit, whole grains and beans.

Here is a partial list of the foods most often asked about.

Foods That Fight Cancer

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli & Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Cherries
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Flaxseed
  • Legumes (Dry Beans, Peas & Lentils)
  • Soy
  • Squash (Winter)
  • Berries
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Grapes and Grape Juice
  • Green Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Whole Grains
  • Acai Berries
  • Blackberries & Raspberries
  • Carrots
  • Chili Peppers
  • Citrus Fruits (oranges/lemons)
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale and Other Greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pomegranates
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon & Other Melons

Article from American Institute of Cancer Research