Food Choice in a Nutshell

Adopting more of the following dietary habits may help reduce cancer risk:

  • Enjoy seven to 10 fresh vegetables per day. Aim to eat both raw and cooked vegetables of many different colors, especially crucifers.
  • Consume three to six fresh fruits or juices per day. Citrus and berry fruits are noted for reducing cancer and vascular disease risk.
  • Replace refined flour products with whole grains. Limit breads and pastas and replace with brown rice, millet or barley.
  • Don't skimp on spices. Incorporate garlic, onions, horseradish, cayenne, turmeric, curry and other spices as often as possible.
  • Become fungus friendly. Include gourmet shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms in your recipes.
  • Eat raw nuts and seeds. Fresh flax meal, sunflower and sesame seeds, and raw almonds contain beneficial essential fatty acids.
  • Drink more antioxidant rich green and red tea.

Avoiding these foods is also a protective measure: Meat, dairy, saturated fats, pesticides, white flour, sugar and synthetic colors, chemicals and preservatives.