New Year's Resolution: Eat More Cancer Fighting Foods

Cancer does not thrive with certain foods

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Nearly one-third of all cancers in the United States is thought to be tied to diet. That means what you put in your mouth does affect your risk of cancer. Take a look at the best cancer-fighting foods.

A diet that's made up of mostly plant-based foods - two-thirds of your plate - is the healthiest, according to the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR). Choosing the right foods for you, goes a long way in achieving both your optimum weight and health.

"Adding plants to your diet will empower you to live life to the fullest."

Knowing your body and its needs is critical when it comes to designing a diet that's both satisfying and nourishing.

Clare McKindley, a clinical dietician in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Clinical Nutrition, says food selection is all about knowing your body and "practicing self-respect."

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are natural sources of vitamins, minerals and protein. They contain healthful antioxidants, phytochemicals and plenty of fiber the body's immune system needs to be in tip top shape.

And the following may reduce your risk of cancer:

  • Beans
  • Berries
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale)
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Grapes and grape juice
  • Green tea
  • Soy
  • Tomatoes
  • Whole grains

So why are these foods so nutritious and helpful in warding off disease, including cancer? These whole foods promote healthy cell development and growth, combat the negative effects of free radicals, create the environment for a healthy digestive system and discourage inflammation.

Additionally, these foods pack in the nutrients, what McKindley calls "high-nutrient-dense" foods. Because every bite feeds the body something it can use, these foods help a body achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

And body fat is associated with increased risks for a number of cancers, including: breast, colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to shape up, then shape your diet with more whole foods.

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Review Date: 
January 2, 2012
Last Updated:
April 11, 2013