Cancer fighting foods
in 2014 there were 356,860 new cases of cancer reported in the UK, according to Cancer Research UK. Their research shows that about 9% of these cases could have been prevented by changes to diet. 9% may seem like relatively small amount of cases but that is over 32,000 cases of cancer that could have been prevented by some simple changes in diet. Lack of fruit and vegetables in your everyday diet is one of the leading cause of cancers attributed to dietary factors, followed by eating excess red meat and processed meats.
There are many ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetable into your diet, get creative and, somewhat adventurous, with your meal planning and you will be on the path to healthier living.
We have listed some of our favourite veggie recipes below along with the benefits of the vegetable it uses.
For a healthier version of mashed potatoes experiment with using diced callower in place of the potatoes. Lightly boil the cauliflower until soft and then mash and add additions the same way as you would with normal mashed potatoes.
Cauliflower has been shown to be in high in antioxidants that can help prevent prostate and breast cancer.
Find out more about the connect between breast and prostate cancer here.
Roasted carrot sticks are a delicious alternative to deep fried potatoes. Peel carrots and slice into sticks that are about about an inch and a half wide. Parboil the carrots in boiling water for 5 minutes and drain the carrots. Place the carrots in a bowl and then drizzle with olive oil, add some herbs and a splash of vinegar for a tangy flavour. Transfer the carrot sticks to a roasting plan and roast in the oven at gas mark 6 for about 20 minutes.
The beta carotenes in carrots not only give them their orange colour but they also help fight against a large variety of cancers including lung cancer.
Find out more about lung cancer and it’s treatments at the LOC.
Add kale to fresh salads for a crunchy mouth feel that has been shown to inhibit tour growth. Some varieties of kales can be quite bitter and require some form of cooking, however curly kale makes for a tasty addition to salads.
If you don’t like the taste of kale but want to get the health benefits of it, and you have access to a juicer, try a mixture of grapes and kale. Red grapes are great at masking the kale taste and also have anti cancer befits of their own.
Find out more about the health benefits of kale here.
Use more seasonings! Chilli peppers, garlic and turmeric have anti-cancer, immune building and anti-inflammatory properties respectively, adding more of these to your everyday dishes will have positive health effects.
Speak to your doctor or a nutritionist if you have questions about foods that could be helpful to your overall well being. Your local health food store may also be able to offer guidance as to how to incorporate more cancer fighting foods into your diet.