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Someone in Michigan is diagnosed with cancer every 10 minutes, which makes preventive behaviors like eating right and scheduling regular doctor visits so important. Want to reduce your risk? Look no further than your fridge and pantry. By adding natural foods into your diet, you can stay protected against a life-altering diagnosis.
Whether it’s whole grains or your favorite fruits and veggies, we’ve rounded up the best cancer-fighting ingredients.
Darken up your salad
Studies have found dark greens are loaded with magnesium, which lowers a women’s risk of developing colon cancer. Healthy tip: purchase your produce and salad additions without pesticides and wash thoroughly. Fresh produce is said to have approximately 40 various carcinogens lingering in the pesticides.
Add the marinade first
Soaking your meat in your favorite marinade for at least an hour can cut HCAs by nearly 87%. Also, cancer-causing heterocyclic amines form when meat is seared or too-well done.
Wheat vs. White
Additionally, a study from Harvard Medical School showed a higher risk of colorectal cancer in those who ate high-glycemic-load foods, which includes white bread, pasta, potatoes and sugary pastries. Instead, reach for whole wheat breads and grains, which come high in fiber and have the same cancer-fighting ingredients without the calories.
Secrets found in Brazil
A well-kept cancer-preventing secret is snacking on the Brazil nut. This excellent source of the antioxidant, selenium, has been found to lower a woman’s risk of bladder cancer. People with high levels of selenium have also been found to have a lower risk of lung and colorectal cancer.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes featuring some of the best cancer-preventing foods:
- Cranberry, Cilantro and Quinoa Salad
- Classic Wedge Salad
- Layered Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole
- Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
For more cancer-fighting tips, join the conversation on Twitter using #KickCancer and visit our cancer awareness page for support, prevention tips and inspirational stories.
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