8 Foods to Eat to Help Prevent Cancer

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Here are eight categories of great foods to eat:

  1. Red, yellow and orange peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe... These are very rich in plant substances called carotenoids. “Research has found that women who have high- er levels of carotenoids are at lower risk for breast cancer,” says Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Dark green leafy vegetables... Kale, spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard deliver carotenoids that in lab studies inhibited the growth of cer- tain types of breast cancer cells, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
  3. Blueberries... These are packed with antioxidants, Sheth says.
  4. Walnuts... In animal studies, mice that were fed walnuts cut their breast cancer in half, according to the dietitian.
  5. Salmon... Consuming this fatty fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acid, may reduce wom- en’s risk of breast cancer, according to a report from AICR.
  6. High-fiber foods... Black beans, barley, lentils, raspber- ries, skin-on pears and broccoli are good choices. Aim for 30 to 45 grams a day for cancer prevention, says Sheth, Los Angeles area.
  7. Apples... The peel delivers dietary fiber and the flesh contains plant chemicals that act as protective antioxidants.
  8. Garlic and onions... These members of the allium family slowed the development of breast can- cer in animal studies.